As part of the Federal Clean Water Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency regulates the operation of most municipal drainage systems such as pipes, drains, ponds, and canals. In addition, they also regulate all industrial activity with any potential to affect surface water quality. Included in the definition of industrial activities are any land disturbing activity or construction. The City of Fort Myers is required to operate a compliance inspection program to ensure that activities within the City do not negatively impact surface water quality.
All projects disturbing more than one acre of land are required to file a Notice of Intent (NOI) to operate under the statewide Generic Construction Permit. The NOI is filed with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) along with a fee and a copy of the NOI and the accompanying Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWP3) are required by the City. For more information about NPDES permitting, please visit the resources listed below or give us a call and we will be glad to answer your questions.