Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program

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Photo of Illicit DischargeThe City of Staunton’s Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program (IDDE) is a continuing effort to seek out and respond to any unlawful act of disposing, dumping, spilling, or other discharge of any substance other than stormwater into the City's storm drain system which would adversely impact local streams and tributaries.

The City of Staunton’s General Permit for Discharges of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) effectively prohibits, through ordinance or other legal mechanism, any discharge into the City’s storm sewer system and local waterways not composed entirely of stormwater illicit discharge.

The IDDE program includes:Stormwater Drain is Just for Rain

  • Annual screenings of storm sewer outfalls to detect illicit discharges. If an illicit discharge is found, it will be investigated to determine the source, and the appropriate procedures will be followed to eliminate the discharge.
  • A hotline, 540.213.6517, and email address through which citizens can report any
  • suspected, non-emergency illicit discharge so that it may be investigated.
  • An illicit discharge ordinance. The ordinance defines an illicit discharge and provides staff enforcement methods, including legal action, to help eliminate discharges found.

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