Contacts:City of Georgetown MS4 Coordinator
100 North Court Street
Georgetown, KY 40324
Scott County MS4 Coordinator
Deputy Judge Executive
P.O. Box 973
101 E. Main St.
Georgetown, KY 40324
Georgetown College MS4 Coordinator
C. David Wilhite
Chief Financial Officer
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324
The City of Georgetown, the Scott County Fiscal Court, and Georgetown College are working together to enhance stormwater quality in our community. These three entities are co-permittees of a Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) Phase II MS4 permit. The permit is authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and administered by the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW).
The overarching goal of the KPDES program is to regulate the discharge of pollutants to the waters of Kentucky, and by extension, the waters of Georgetown and Scott County. The waters of Georgetown and Scott County encompass all bodies of water including the bed and banks located wholly or partially inside or bordering the municipal boundary. This includes:
- Impounded reservoirs
The MS4 component of the KPDES permit program focuses on regulating pollutants discharged to water bodies in stormwater. Stormwater is surface flow, runoff, or drainage resulting from any form of natural precipitation. The storm drainage system is the infrastructure that conveys stormwater to water bodies. This includes roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, gutters, curbs, inlets, piped storm drains, ditches, swales, natural and man-made or altered drainage channels, retention and detention basins, reservoirs, and other drainage structures and best management practices (BMPs). The requirements of the permit focus on improved water quality with improved management of the storm drainage system.
The City of Georgetown has been an MS4 permittee since 2005. Georgetown College became a permittee in 2010 and has maintained compliance with the program by co-permitting with the City. Scott County became a permittee effective May 1, 2018, when a new five-year MS4 permit was issued by KDOW. The City, County, and College will work together as co-permittees to achieve compliance with the terms of the new permit.
The KPDES Phase II MS4 permit is outlined in six minimum control measures or areas of permit coverage:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Involvement/Participation
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
The first step to achieving compliance is developing a joint Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP). This plan will specifically map out the best management practices (BMPs) each permittee will implement to address each minimum control measure. Each BMP will have an associated measurable goal that will be used to gauge the effectiveness of the community’s MS4 program.
The MS4 coordinators for the City, County, and College are working together to develop the SWQMP. Check back periodically to this page to read the SWQMP once it is developed and for links and volunteer opportunities to get involved in improving stormwater quality in our community.
Consider taking part in the City of Georgetown’s Stormwater Advisory Committee by applying for a position. The committee provides direction to the Planning Commission and City and County staff.
Bluegrass Greensource collaborates with communities in Kentucky to provide participation activities to enhance water quality and safeguard local waters.
If you observe an illicit discharge and/or illegal dumping, please report it to the City of Georgetown Citizen Portal. Any discharge to a storm sewer that is not explicitly stormwater is an illicit discharge.
City of Georgetown’s Stormwater System:
2018 KPDES MS4 Permit
Stormwater BMP Manual
Kentucky Division of Water
What is an MS4?
MS4 Phase II Fact Sheet
Nonpoint Source Pollution
EPA’s Surf Your Watershed
EPA’s 303(d) List of Impaired Waters in Kentucky