Stormwater Management

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The new State access for NCS000434 effective December 16th, 2019 can be found here. All you need is the permit number and you can access any MS4 permit file online after you login.

Why do we have the ACE Integrated Stormwater Management Program? It is simple, in 1969 the Cuyahoga River was on fire and a series of laws were passed by the Congress of the United States which require the City of Archdale and its’ citizens to be the environmental stewards. Archdale Citizens’ Excel is a by-product of the first of those laws starting with the Clean Water Act of 1972. For more information, feel free to contact the Stormwater Program Manager to see how you can help.

Under the provisions of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System NPDES NCS000434 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) effective May 15, 2017, the General Permit Construction Activities NCG010000, effective April 1, 2019, General Statute 89, and various City of Archdale Ordinances the Archdale’s Community Effort (ACE) or Archdale Citizens’ Excel (ACE) Integrated Stormwater Management Program provides the mechanism for compliance within the boundaries of the 518 subbasins within the Reese (WS-III) and Randleman (WS-IV) in which the major ridge line is Archdale Road. After simplification, all compliance requirements are presumed to be in the Randleman WS-IV during the initial stages of pre-construction. If those requirements can be met, it is considered to be more stringent than other less stringent waterways. However, if site restraints do not allow then the governing waterway requirements are used. To monitor efforts of the waterways leaving the jurisdiction, the City of Archdale Stormwater Health Assessment Panel quantifies different criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency criteria. As documented below, values depict a Maximum Extent Practable (MEP) result.
Report of Analysis

In conjunction the annual targeted schedule of public service announcements on the public television and the lobby kiosk, the following summary of target focuses apply which was suggested by the Compliance Audit Team who reviewed the City of Archdale ACE Integrated Stormwater Management Program on December 17, 2019.

Target Pollutants in Our Area: There are Six Things We Can All Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution. Watch the video here! At the same time, it’s important to know what your own “target pollutants” are. See the list below and follow the links to learn more. Video link:

• Businesses that Serve Food – Cleaning supplies, grease, and “dumpster juice” can all affect your sanitation score if not disposed of properly, and if they happen to go down a storm drain, they may harm aquatic life and water quality. Keep dumpster lids and doors closed, close lids and clean up spills, clean mats and dispose of wash water in a mop sink or can wash basin. Link here for more information:

• Homeowners – Household hazardous waste, or HHW, are products around your home that contain volatile chemicals, such as chloride. Examples of HHW include motor oil, oil-based paint, car batteries, gasoline and pesticides. Any bottle in your house that says “warning”, “danger” or “caution” is hazardous and may end up in stormwater and our local rivers or contaminate landfills by putting toxic materials into the soil and groundwater. And remember, sewer treatment plants are not able to treat HHW, so chemicals that are dumped down the sink can end up untreated in our rivers. For disposal guidelines in your area, link here:

• Businesses and Residents Near Creeks, Rivers, and Streams: Protect our waters by letting the plants grow! A vegetated buffer is a combination of plants that grow along a river, stream or lake and reduce the amount of pollution entering the water. Establish a “no mow” area along your stream bank, lakefront or ditch. Plant trees, shrubs, and bunch grasses in your buffer zone. Native plants have deeper roots, which secure stream banks and prevent erosion. When roots die off, they leave tunnels in the soil, which help water soak into the ground. Periodically pick up litter that gets caught in the plants. Pick up pet waste and fertilizers in clear weather to reduce nutrients entering the water. Learn more and print brochures here:

• Car Owners and Commercial Car Washes – The stuff we wash off our cars contains major water pollutants like oil, grease and heavy metals, while detergents contain surfactants. If the water enters a storm drain, it will get into our streams and rivers. Wash your car on the grass, use biodegradable detergents, or use a commercial car wash. Learn more and print brochures here:

• Pet Owners – When it rains, dog waste runs into storm drains and then into lakes, streams and rivers. Dog waste contains roundworms, E. coli, and Giardia. Excess nutrients found in dog waste cause algal blooms, which reduce oxygen in the water and can cause fish and other aquatic life to die. Remember to always scoop the poop! Learn more and print brochures here:

• Landscapers and Homeowners who Maintain Lawns – Lawn chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers pollute our streams and lakes. Yard wastes, such as leaves, grass clippings, sticks and limbs, can block underground drainage pipes and culverts, cause flooding and add more nutrients to the water. Apply chemicals to lawn when the forecast calls for sunny weather, and/or increase your use of compost and native plants. Never sweep or blow anything into the storm drain. Learn more and print brochures here:

• Developers and Homeowners – Low Impact Development (LID) is development that reduces its impact on the environment. By working with natural hills and landscape features, developers minimize the amount of pollution that leaves the site. LID saves developers money by conserving water, reducing the need for fertilizers and reduces the cost of grading. In addition, developers see a 10% cost savings by not using gutters, piping and storm drains. Lastly, LID minimizes disturbance to the land, reducing soil compaction and remediation costs. LID for you yard can be achieved with permeable pavers and downspout disconnection. Learn more and print brochures here:

• Families – You can make a big difference in your neighborhood by picking up litter. Even very small pieces of waste like cigarette butts can hurt the ecosystems of your local streams, harming turtles, fish, and other aquatic life. Other common pollutants, like empty cans and food wrappers, become “floatable” pollutants in the creeks and streams near your home or school. Link to NCDOT Safety Rules & Guidelines here:

In addition the Compliance Audit Team required the removal of the “NCDENR” logo on the Certificate of Approval with Performance Reservations issued for all sites over 10,000 square feet. This is the first time the for the document has been changed in the City of Archdale. The new document effective December 19, 2019 is as shown below.

Since inception in December 2007, the City of Archdale has not changed the approach in which we continue to meet the minimum 6 targeted goals. As outlined below, we still do what we proposed at inception for our plan but continue to evolve. To date, the City of Archdale has spent on average $334.16 per citizen meeting the requirements changing the habits in order to be great environmental stewards.

Public Education and Outreach – The City of Archdale will continue to have a presence at the Bush Hill Annual Festival reaching on the order of 5000 people regionally with a minimum of 250 individual contacts as the major outreach event throughout the city in addition to contracting with one independent entity to supplement Education and Outreach efforts. How has the program changed since 2007. In 2007, we had 8 ½ x 11 pieces of paper to get the word out. In 2019, we have printed materials, digital media in the lobby of City Hall, a public television presence rotating the six targeted concerns on a quarterly basis and the private cell phone of the current stormwater manager serving as an auxillary hotline.

Public Involvement and Participation – The City of Archdale’ Stormwater Advisory Board Meets Quarterly to address NPDES updates and as a venue for citizen concerns; In addition, a log of engagements are maintained using Microsoft Outlook. All engagements involve a history and evolution of the stormwater program from the iconic Cuyohoga River to present with an annual average 830.75 telephone conversations and 1072.08 site visits (site visits also provide an overlap for IDDE assessments). How has the program changed since 2007? In 2007, citizens only knew that they were going to be subject to the “rain tax” as coined by the media. In 2019, citizens regularly contact the city with questions concerning the maximum fine of $51,575.00 for knowingly violating the Clean Water Act of 1972.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) — On average, since inception, 89.34 monthly IDDE assessments are made through site visits. Since inception, only one significant event has occurred which involved a spill of heating oil during a winter storm when a overflow mechanism failed. The resulting effect was the cleaning of approximately a half mile of the city stream network. How has the program changed since 2007? In 2007, most people were not aware of what IDDE was. In 2019, all field personnel in contact with citizens are looking for potential problems and reporting concerns to the Stormwater Program Manager either directly or through department supervisors. Due to the average retention of 9.72 years of service for the 71 employees (91 employees including seasonal), annual training occurring during the Flagger Training Course typically is a refresher course.

From Impaired Water to Catch N Release at Creekside Park

Construction Site Runoff Controls – Delegated Soil and Erosion Control since 2008 averaging less than 1 site per year greater than 1 acre and an average of 74.23 sites per year less than 1-acre with the majority of permits issued subject to erosion control being accessory structures less than a 10 by 10 area of impact. How has the program changed since 2007? In 2007, sites under 1 acre where not regulated and minimum supervision occurred on sites greater than 1-acre based on State availability. In 2019, all sites are monitored for compliance on a daily basis with voluntary compliance now a self-monitoring habit by the contractor.

Post-Construction Runoff Controls -Currently, the City of Archdale has 32 Stormwater Control Measures permitted and subject to mandatory 3rd Party Annual Inspections submitted to the City of Archdale. How has the program changed since 2007? In 2007, there were no permitted sites. In 2019, we have transitioned into the mandatory 3rd party inspections combined with the monthly maintenance program of the owner.

Pollution Prevention & Good Housekeeping – The majority of the city facilities are new or have undergone renovations to improve good housekeeping requirements. Each department supervisor maintains checklists for addressing stormwater issues on the sites in conjunction with other regulatory inspections assists in meeting the provisions of these measures. Currently, all municipal owned facilities have considerable buffer areas around the perimeter to act as a natural filtering mechanism. How had the program changed since 2007? In 2007, there was no cultural mind set among the departments. In 2019, all departments ask the question, how does what I am doing affect stormwater impacts? If they can see an effect with the challenges of increased stormwater frequencies, they can prepare another checklist to add to the existing. City personnel are charged with setting the example for the citizens in everything they do.

An UNANNOUNCED Compliance Audit Documentation 2 Binder Set is maintained in the Office of the Stormwater Manager. Feel free to contact the Stormwater Manager to address how you can help with the evolution of our program: D.J. Señeres, at (336) 434-7344 or by email at .

The City of Archdale is a federally designated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II community and operates under the authority of the ACE (Archdale’s Community Effort) Integrated Stormwater Management Program, which became effective on January 2, 2008 by action of the City Council. The City received its Individual Stormwater Permit NCS00434 July 1, 2005 from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Division of Water Quality.
It can be viewed on line at: NPDES MS4 Permitting
Please note that the State has not updated the link for the current permit.

NPDES Phase II is a federal and state mandated program under the Clean Water Act to address non-point source pollution or stormwater runoff. The Stormwater Program operates as a division of the Planning Department. To find out more about stormwater runoff and water quality in our region, please visit our public education website:

“All real property experiences stormwater run-on and runoff regardless if a drainage concern exists on that specific piece of property or not. Even if your property has never flooded, the stormwater that flows off your property must be managed so that it does not contribute to flooding or pollution in areas downstream. Whether you live in a condominium, a suburban home or in an urban setting, stormwater is an issue.”

Stormwater Management has opportunities for enrichment planned. Just look for the tent at local events. (See picture below)


Zone A
30.00 feet measured from top of bank or floodway boundary, whichever is greater

Zone B
50.00 feet measured from top of bank or floodway boundary, whichever is greater

Zone C
100.00 feet measured from the top of bank or floodway boundary, whichever is greater

For more information on why we have buffer requirements follow this link:

Stormwater Advisory Board Meeting Schedule

  • February 19, 2020
  • May 20, 2020
  • August 12, 2020
  • November 18, 2020


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