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Management Plan

KPDES Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Permit No: KYG200011


The City of Murray cares about protecting our environment and our waterways. We as a city are committed to preserving, protecting, and improving the water quality issue of stormwater run-off in our community. The institution of a Stormwater Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) will be needed to further reduce adverse impacts to water quality and aquatic habitat.

As a result of Federal and State regulations required under the Kentucky Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (KPDES) Phase II Stormwater Program, the City of Murray is in the process of implementing and enforcing a program to:

  1. Distribute educational materials and performing public outreach to inform citizens about the impacts of polluted stormwater run-off.
  2. Provide opportunities for citizens to participate in program development and implementation.
  3. Detect and eliminate illegal discharges and improper disposal of waste into our storm sewer system.
  4. Require and enforce erosion and sediment control plans for construction activities that disturb one or more acres of land.
  5. Address discharges of post-construction storm water run-off from new development and redevelopment areas.
  6. Encourage good housekeeping and pollution prevention with the goal of reducing pollutant run-off from municipal operations. This would include municipal staff training on pollution prevention and techniques.
  7. Improve and expand stormwater infrastructure.

When rainfall occurs, the stormwater runs off roofs, driveways, lawns, and roads into the cities storm sewer system. This in turn, empties into our local streams, rivers, and lakes. As the water flows it is possible for pollutants such as dirt, oil, trash, and lawn fertilizers to be carried to our waterways.

The City of Murray cares about our waterways, and as a citizen we are very sure that you care, too. Stormwater goes into our waterways that are inhabited by many animals and aquatic plants. Without proper management, these water sources could degrade and lower the quality of life in our community, along with serious risks of losing some of our natural resources.

The diversity of problems and priorities means that there is no single solution for the City of Murray. However, we feel a utility fee charge, or Stormwater Utility Fee offers a flexible approach to funding that will be designed to meet the needs of the citizens of the City of Murray. The stormwater utility is a key step, but only one step toward a successful Stormwater Management Plan.

Pollution Reduction

Clean stormwater is everybody's business. Responsibility lies with every individual in the City of Murray to do their part. There are many ways to reduce stormwater run-off pollution at home and at work. Listed below are several simple solutions to reduce the amount of pollution carried by stormwater run-off into our waterways.


For more information about understanding stormwater run-off, visit:


Four Rivers Watershed, State Home Page

Center for Watershed Research, Murray State University


Environmental Protection Agency

Lower Tennessee Watershed Profile


Obtaining the drainage area and information for a stream

Real-Time Clarks River Gage at Almo,00060,00062

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