Downtown Martinsburg
Stormwater Management

 

MS4 Community

The City of Martinsburg is a Phase II MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) community. Martinsburg’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) was submitted to WVDEP on March 8, 2004 and amended on April 18, 2005. 

 
The SWMP document outlines the City’s program to develop, implement and enforce a stormwater management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate requirements of the Clean Water Act in accordance with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Phase II Program.
 
The SWMP addresses the six minimum control measures as required by state regulations.
 
The City has legal authority to fully implement its SWMP. 
 
The City currently uses monies from the general fund to fund the operation and maintenance of the stormwater system and to perform capital improvements. The City currently has limited financial resources to develop, implement and enforce the six minimum control measures.
 
The WVDEP NPDES Permit coverage area is intended for the City corporate limits.
 
The six minimum controls are:
 
1.         Public Education/Outreach
2.         Public Participation/Involvement
3.         Illicit Discharge Detection/Elimination
4.         Construction Site Runoff Control
5.         Post Construction Runoff Control
6.         Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
 

The City of Martinsburg is in the process of developing a new SWMP to be submitted to WVDEP no later than January 22, 2011.

  

Stormwater Collection & Conveyance

 
The City of Martinsburg’s stormwater collection and conveyance system consists of various curb gutters, drop inlets, and over 50 miles of gravity storm sewer mains that convey the storm water to outlets along Tuscarora Creek, or in the case of the combined segment, to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  Since stormwater is collected and conveyed, in both separate and combined storm sewer systems, the City of Martinsburg is classified by the US EPA as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System and a Combined Sewer System.
 
 
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
                  
During precipitation events water that falls upon impervious areas such as roof tops, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots will transport pollutants from these surfaces to the Tuscarora Creek.  To reduce this pollutant loading to the stream, the City of Martinsburg has adopted various best management practices such as routine street/curb cleaning, rain garden construction, and rain barrel workshops.
 
 
Combined Sanitary/Stormwater System
 
During precipitation events water that falls upon impervious areas such as roof tops, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots will transport pollutants from these surfaces to the city’s wastewater treatment plant.  To address this additional loading at the treatment facility, the City of Martinsburg maintains a Stormwater Management Plan that constantly addresses the pollution entering the collection system while maximizing the capacity of both conveyance and treatment systems during storm events.
 

The City of Martinsburg has adopted a StormWater Management Plan