Learn more about Stormwater Management
Birmingham Public Schools is committed to the environment and strives to be a good steward of the land within its jurisdiction and to use appropriate Best Management Practices to contribute to the improvement of water quality within the Rouge River Watershed where the district is located. Birmingham Public Schools encourages all students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors to get involved through opportunities provided by the local watershed groups including The Rouge River Watershed and the Clinton River Watershed and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG).
Why worry about stormwater?
Many people may not realize that stormwater collected in drains located on the curbs of their streets does not flow to their local water treatment plant. Rather, this water remains untreated and is discharged directly into the waterways. During this journey to the waterways, stormwater collects and carries a broad range of pollutants. Stormwater is a non-point source of pollution thus making it extremely difficult to address and the single greatest threat to our water quality and watershed health. Non-point source pollution comes from many diffuse runoff sources such as rainfall, snowmelt, flowing over and through the ground, picking up pollutants as it goes. Some of these pollutants occur naturally, such as nutrients from sediments, manure, or pet wastes. Other pollutants such as fertilizers, automotive grease, and oil occur from our interaction with the environment. Stormwater acts as a carrier of non-point source pollution and therefore considered a major cause of water quality problems both in Michigan and nationwide.
Public Notice of Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)
To this end, the school district has developed and has implemented a “Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP)” to reduce the discharge of pollutants from their MS4 to the Maximum Extent Practicable and protect water quality in accordance with the appropriate water quality requirements of Michigan Act 451, Public Acts of 1994, Part 31, and the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and the district National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permit (NPDES).
A copy of the Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) is available for review on the district’s website at https://www.birmingham.k12.mi.us/Page/1519. Any questions or comments regarding the Stormwater Management Plan should be directed to the Operations Department at 248-203-3983.