On September 14, 1998, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) received full authorization for the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination Program (TPDES). Cities were grouped into a phased approach for stormwater permitting.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s) with a population of 100,000 or greater as of the 1990 Census were grouped into Phase I.
The City of Harker Heights is an MS4 with a population of less than 100,000 as of the 1990 Census and was grouped into Phase II.
TCEQ issued the Phase II, MS4 General Permit August 13, 2007. All Phase II cities operated under the 2007 General Permit until each city developed its own Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). The TCEQ issued the City of Harker Heights an MS4 General Permit on January 22, 2009. The General Permit is effective for five years with full implementation of the SWMP by August 13, 2012.
The City of Harker Heights has completed the 5 year SWMP ending August 13, 2012.
The City of Harker Heights has completed the 5 year SWMP ending December 13, 2018. The City is developing an updated SWMP to submit to the TCEQ on or before the July 23, 2019 deadline. The updated 5 year plan will include the previous elements of the Harker Heights SWMP with additional requirements in the new General Permit. The current SWMP 12-08-14 through 12-13-18 is available for viewing on this website.
For 2019, Stormwater Best Management Practices to be implemented in the City of Harker Heights include the following:
• Public education on stormwater related information.
• Ongoing city wide street sweeping.
• Community Participation-Storm Drain Catch Basin Markers.
• Hold an area Household Hazardous Waste Day.
• Dry Weather Screening of Outfalls.
• Site Inspections and Enforcement.
• Remedy illicit connections.
• Implement the Catch Basin Cleaning Program.
• Implement the Detention Pond Inlet and Trash Rack Cleaning Program.
• Employee Training.
• Review stormwater related ordinances.
• Provide a stormwater page on the City Website.
• Seek public input on city facilities and operations/maintenance of facilities relating to stormwater.
• Conduct quarterly sampling for e-coli bacteria levels along Nolan Creek and Trimmier Creek.
1. Limit the amount of impervious surfaces in your landscape.
2. Allow “thick” vegetation or “buffer strips” to grow alongside waterways to filter and slow runoff and soak up pollutants.
3. Plant trees, shrubs, and groundcover.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Web sites:
www.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater or www.epa.gov/nps
Or view our brochures:
Stormwater Brochure 1
Stormwater Brochure 2
Stormwater Brochure 3
Stormwater Brochure 4
Stormwater Brochure 5
Stormwater Brochure 6
Stormwater Brochure 7
Stormwater Brochure 8
Stormwater Brochure 9
Stormwater Brochure 10
Stormwater Brochure 11
Stormwater Brochure 12
Tips for Landscape Design
No Grease Down the Drain
No leaves or grass in the drain