MS4 Program

Wastewater plantMark Schultz - Water Pollution Control Superintendent

Sue McGee - MS4 Coordinator

Mailing address:
234 South Main Street
Kendallville, IN  46755

Office address:
501 West Wayne Street
Kendallville, IN  46755

Tel:  (260) 347-1362
Fax:  (260) 347-7037

Noble County Surveyor
2090 North State Road 9, Suite B
Albion, IN  46701

Tel:  (260) 636-2131
Fax:  (260) 636-3512

The City of Kendallville is a designated MS4 Community. MS4 stands for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.

The MS4 is a federally mandated program that requires municipalities to take measures to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff to improve water quality. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requires the City of Kendallville to comply with rule (327 IAC 15-13).

The Problem
We all see the water flowing into our storm drains during a storm or snowmelt. What most residents don't realize, is that the water flowing into our Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4's) is arriving dirtier and in greater quantities than ever before.

The problem occurs when precipitation lands on an impervious surface such as a paved street, rooftop, or driveway. Instead of the water slowly soaking into the soil and becoming purified, the water flows over these impervious surfaces and picks up pollutants. Oil and grease from roadways, pesticides from lawns, sediment from construction sites and litter are all picked up by the water and conveyed directly to a storm drain which flow directly to our streams, rivers and lakes.

The Result
Increased volumes of polluted water reaching storm sewers impair our waterways. Pollutants contaminate drinking water supplies and interfere with the habitat for fish, aquatic organisms and wildlife. High volumes of water undercut streambeds and cause erosion, leading to the degradatoin of waterways.

The Solution
To meet the new requirements, each designated MS4 entity was required to submit a permit application to IDEM, due by November 4, 2003 for most designated entities. The permit period runs for five (5) years. The permit application requires development of a Storm Water Quality Management Plan (SWQMP) which is an action plan for the MS4 entity to institute six requirements called Minimum Control Measures (MCM).