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Surface Water

Storm Water Permitting

Storm water runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater runoff from naturally soaking into the ground.

Storm water can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. This storm water is often discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking water. For example, erosion at a construction site can cause sediment to enter surface waters, as can be seen from this picture.

In 1972, Congress passed the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, commonly referred to as the Clean Water Act. The stated goal of the act was to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation's waters. To achieve this goal, the Clean Water Act states the discharge of any pollutant by any person shall be unlawful except in compliance with other provisions of the statute.

The Clean Water Act required a program for addressing the pollution caused by storm water discharges. South Dakota has developed general permits to provide a simple process for getting a storm water permit. The links below provide information about each of these permits:

Permittees are required to develop a pollution prevention plan. This plan details the best management practices a facility will use to ensure that the storm water from their site will not impact our surface waters.

EPA has additional information available about the National Storm Water Program (Please note: this link will take you out of the state of South Dakota web site). Please contact Laura Newman at 1-800-SD-STORM (1-800-737-8676) for information about South Dakota's Storm Water Program.

You may obtain hard copies of the application and termination form by contacting Laura Newman at 1-800-SD-STORM.  PDF versions of the application and termination forms are also available.

  • Transfer of Permit Coverage form for when ownership of a construction project or an individual lot in a larger common plan of development has been transferred to a different owner.
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    or Complete Online and Print

  • No Exposure Certification form for obtaining an exclusion from permitting requirements for storm water discharges associated with industrial activities.
    View and Print or Complete Online and Print

South Dakota has also developed some multi-media general storm water permits. These permits combine the storm water requirements with the permitting requirements under the Clean Air Act. Currently, general permits have been developed for Rock Crushers, Asphalt Plants, and Concrete Plants. Additional Information about these permits, as well as information about South Dakota's air permitting program is available on the internet at the Air Quality Program web site.

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