National Polutant Discharge Elimination System

  1. Overview
  2. Preventing Stormwater Pollution
  3. Pollution Prevention Tips
  4. Household Chemical Disposal
  5. Report Illegal Dumping
  6. Brochures


About the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System

Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches.

Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters. In most cases, the NPDES permit program is administered by authorized states. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program is responsible for significant improvements to our Nation’s water quality.

Complying with the Clean Water Act

The City of Lynn Haven is in the process of complying with the Clean Water Act to improve the health of our environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater program. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) was designated to execute the program in October 2000.

Draining into North Bay

The identification and prevention of discharging pollutants into North Bay is one part of the city’s permit. It is important to understand that all stormwater from our city eventually drains to North Bay. North Bay is where dolphin raise their young and we harvest oysters, blue claw crab and many species of fish. Please keep this in mind when yard debris or trash is put out for pickup. Only allow rain water to go down the drain.

Drains to Bay example (JPEG)

Example drain with "Drains to Bay" placard. All drains that drain directly to the Bay are labeled with this icon as an extra warning to not illegally dump as anything going to this drain goes directly to the Bay. 

Shellfish Harvesting Area Classification Map (JPEG)

North Bay is conditionally classified as an area where oysters can be harvested, making it very important to keep the waterway clean by preventing pollutants from going down drains, reporting illegal dumping, etc. 

Ditch Digging Zone Map