About the MS4 Program

Berkeley County is a Phase II MS4. MS4 stands for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. Berkeley County PSSWD is required to follow a Stormwater Management Plan, which includes the following 6 Minimum Control Measures:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
    • Educate Berkeley County residents, businesses, industries, elected officials, policy makers, County staff, homeowners, contractors, developers, review staff, and land use planners
    • Stormwater website
    • Social media
    • Stormwater meetings
    • Tree plantings at schools and businesses
  2. Public Participation and Involvement
    • Publish the Stormwater Management Plan on the website
      • Regularly review, revise, and update based on comments during regular scheduled stormwater meetings
    • Publish the Stormwater Annual Report on the website
    • Offer public participation events annually
    • Provide a designated contact person within the BCPSSWD
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
    1. Continue to add and update the map of the storm sewer system within the MS4 service area
      • Outfalls
      • BMPs (Best Management Practices)
      • Structures owned by BCPSSWD
      • Conveyances
      • Boundaries
      • Known connections
      • Receiving waters
      • Discharges into the MS4 area
    2. Ensure Compliance where illicit discharges are present using enforcement mechanisms
      • Notice of Violations
      • Stop Work Orders
      • Holds on Use and Occupancy Permits
      • Disapprovals of Permits
    3. Collect semi-annual stormwater samples from three outfalls
      • Representative outfall on Paynes Ford Road at the outfall of the Pikeside Ditchway
      • BCPSSD Maintenance Shop
      • BCPSSD Construction Shop
    4. Annual stream monitoring
      • Visually monitor waterways in the county to check for illicit discharges
  4. Construction Site Runoff Control
    • Construction Site Inspections
      • Active development and redevelopment
    • Attend Stormwater Concept Meetings at the County Offices
      • Enforce the Stormwater Ordinance
    • Retain records of maintenance agreements
    • Reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff from construction site activities within the MS4 area
  5. Post Construction Runoff Control
    • Watershed protection by attending Stormwater Concept Meetings at the County Offices
      • Minimizing Impervious Surfaces
      • Preserving Ecologically Sensitive Areas
      • Reducing Thermal Impacts
      • Reducing or Avoiding Hydromodification
      • Tree Protection
      • Protection of Native Soils, Prevention of Compaction of Soil
    • Inspection permanent BMPs
      • Every 5 years to ensure proper maintenance
  6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
    • Annual training of employees at the BCPSSD Construction Shop and Maintenance Shop facilities
    • Bi-weekly inspections at each site
      • Ensure employees are following SWPPP (Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan)
      • Proper Operation and Maintenance
        • Vehicle maintenance
        • Pump repair
        • Storage of oil and grease, gasoline, antifreeze, etc.
        • Vehicle washing
        • Storage of salt bags and construction materials