The Division of Stormwater Management was created in 2006 to establish an Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control (EPSC) program as mandated by the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Kentucky Division of Water. This EPSC program was established to promote the health, safety, and welfare of Greenup County citizens by preventing the pollution, impairment or destruction of its natural resources.
Stormwater pollution from point sources and nonpoint sources is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. Rainwater and snowmelt run off streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory controls will only go so far. Education and outreach are key components to any successful stormwater program.