The Stormwater Division provides assistance to residences, businesses, builders and developers over federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the quality of runoff and potential runoff to keep in compliance with The Clean Water Act.
TPDES MS4 General Permit (TXR040000)
The Stormwater Division provides reporting and compliance for the quality of water leaving streets, alleys and storm sewers. The guidelines that must be followed are detailed in the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit, otherwise known as the TPDES MS4 General Permit. This permit and all the regulations written within were developed to lessen the amount of poor quality water runoff from storm events and even non-storm water runoff. The City has multiple measures they perform to make this happen, from individuals going out and cleaning, to policies detailing the proper cleaning and disposal methods for hazardous materials. We realize the best way to clean up the city and maintain a healthy environment for everyone is to educate the importance of these issues. If the issues are important enough then change will follow. The Stormwater Division aims at informing all individuals of the types of activities around us that pose problems to the environment and human health.
The City of Odessa receives authorization from the State of Texas to be allowed to use their TPDES MS4 General Permit so long as we follow the requirements detailed in the permit. The permit is broken down into the following six categories: 1) Public Education and Outreach, 2) Public Involvement and Participation, 3) Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, 4) Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control, 5) Storm Water Management in New Development and Re-Development areas, and 6) Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations.
For more information on how the City meets these requirements, view our Stormwater Management Program
Stormwater Mgmt Program
Since 2003 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), in accordance with The Clean Water Act, has been involved in making sure construction sites in Texas follow certain guidelines and rules to protect the environment and the health of the people who live nearby. Studies dating back to the early 1970's have shown that contaminates from construction sites pose a risk to the health and welfare of the community and the environment. The results of these studies has determined that certain activities be monitored and addressed by the owner/developer, construction companies/builders and regulating officials. These requirements can be found in the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Construction General Permit (CGP) TXR150000. Here at the City of Odessa, we assist and if need arises enforce the requirements stated in the TPDES CGP.
The following is a checklist to assist individuals comply with the requirement in the CGP.
Earth Disturbance Criteria
Stay current with your site(s) compliance and view all your City of Odessa Stormwater inspections online. To access your inspections for the first time you will need to contact the Stormwater Department to obtain a username and password.
The City of Odessa has developed a SWPPP generator for most* construction sites and is a free tool to help Contractors, Engineering Firms, and the General Public to create and maintain compliance with the rules and regulations of the CGP.
The SWPPP Generator includes: SWPPP Creation, Online Contractor Inspection Tools, Online Log Maintenance for all relevant logs. (Keep all records online and live)
To access this free tool you will need to contact the Stormwater Department to obtain a username and password.
If you already have access to your account you can use the following link: Stormwater
If you have any issues with the site or need help using the tool once you have gained access please contact the Stormwater Department.
*If you are concerned this generator is not for your site please contact the Stormwater Department.
Any construction activities covered under the 2008 Construction General Permit must file for another NOI under the 2013 version if they have not renewed their permit during the time frame between March 6, 2013 and and June 6, 2013. Need to apply for an NOI?
411 W. 8th Street, 4th Floor
Odessa, TX 79761
P.O. Box 4398
Odessa, TX 79760
Phone: (432) 335-3244
Fax: (432) 335-3225