National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System is a permit based water quality program implemented under the authority of the Federal Clean Water Act, enacted by Congress in 1972. The primary goal of NPDES is to reduce the amount of pollution that reaches streams, lakes, wetlands, oceans, and all other water bodies by regulating stormwater runoff. Visit the US Environmental Protection Agency and WA Department of Ecology for more information on the federal and state programs.
Kent complies with NPDES by maintaining a current Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit administered by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The permit has 5 major components that the City is required to focus on and they are described under each tabbed section below.