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Boyd County Storm Water Management


Frequently Asked Questions

Why are Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County required to have a Phase II Storm Water Management Program?

The City of Ashland, City of Catlettsburg and Boyd County are part of the larger Huntington-Ashland WV/KY/OH urbanized area as calculated by the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Being a part of this urbanized area each entity is designated a small municipal separate storm sewer systems (small MS4) by US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), subject to the Clean Water Act and the NPDES Phase II storm water program requirements. In the state of Kentucky the Kentucky Division of Water (KDOW) under the Department of Environmental Protection is the administrator of the Phase II storm water program.

Background on Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County SWMP

To meet these Phase II storm water program requirements Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County (fiscal court), collectively called the "MS4 Group", decided to join together in developing and implementing a comprehensive SWMP. An audit of City and County departments were conducted to obtain information regarding day to day operations and on-going programs and activities as they pertain to storm water quality issues and the six minimum controls.

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is a MS4 operator and is also a co-permittee with MS4 Group. The SWMP incorporates existing storm water quality related activities and identifies new activities and programs to meet the Phase II storm water program requirements. The SWMP identifies the activity, tasks required, measure goals and milestone dates for the following MS4 program elements:
  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Participation/Involvement
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Construction Site Runoff Control
  • Post-Construction Runoff Control
  • Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
The SWMP was adopted by the MS4 Group and in March 2002 a comprehensive SWMP and Notice of Intent for Storm Water Discharges from small MS4s was submitted to KDOW.

In September 2003 KDOW issued a Phase II Storm Water Permit (KPDES No. KYG200002) to Ashland (permittee) and Catlettsburg and Boyd County (co-permittees). The effective date of the permit is from January 1, 2003 through December 31, 2007.
  • KPDES Permit and current SWMP

What Phase II Storm Water Program activities have Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County completed?

The MS4 Group has completed numerous activities as part of the SWMP. Several of these activities are performed on an annual basis and several are on-going.
A few of these activities and programs are listed below:

Public Education/Involvement
  • Conduct quarterly Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC) meetings to discuss SWMP and related storm water qualities issues
  • Distribute water quality brochure in water bills
  • Provide NPDES Phase II storm water pamphlets and fliers at County Fair, Catlettsburg Labor Day Parade, and various civic groups
  • Participate in FIVCO Ohio River Sweep Program
  • Participate in US 23 Alliance Beautification Program - clean up trash and debris
  • Participate Ashland Tree Board Program - provide trees and seedlings for plantings to promote "green"
  • Conduct Fall and Spring County Wide Pick-up - clean up trash, household pesticides and chemicals and tires
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Developed map of MS4 outfalls (provide link to PDF of map)
  • Passed an ordinance prohibiting illicit discharges (provide link to ordinance)
  • Performing dye & smoke testing in areas of potential or probably illicit connections
Construction Site Runoff Control
  • Passed an ordinance to address construction site runoff (provide link to ordinance)
  • Adopted KDOW BMP Manual
  • Developed a process for having contractors/developers to obtain an Erosion Control Permit (provide link to application)
  • Established procedures for construction site inspection and enforcement
Post-Construction Runoff Control
  • Currently developing an ordinance to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff from new development and redevelopment projects
  • Providing street sweeping
  • Providing culvert and channel maintenance
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
  • Continually provide Phase II training and workshops to City and County employees
  • Perform an audit each year on a city/county department to identify ways to prevent and reduce storm water pollution runoff from municipal activities

Who do I contact to become involved or obtain more information on the Ashland, Catlettsburg and Boyd County SWMP

City of Ashland - Public Services Director at 606-327-2007
City of Catlettsburg - City Building at 606-739-4533
Boyd County (outside Ashland and Catlettsburg) - Lisha Branham or Tim Wallin
Boyd County Code Enforcement at 606-928-1285

Report an Illegal or Illicit Discharge

An illegal or illicit discharge is any direct or indirect non-storm water substance, pollutant, or hazardous material disposed, deposited, spilled, poured, injected, seeped, dumped, leaked, or placed by any means, intentionally or unintentionally, into storm sewers, culverts, drainage ditches, swales, creeks, rivers or any other storm water conveyance system.

Hazardous may include any substance, waste, or combination thereof, which because of its quantity, concentration, or physical, chemical, biological or infectious characteristics may cause, or significantly contribute to, a substantial present or potential hazard to human health, safety, property, or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed of, or otherwise managed.

Pollutants may include, but are not limited to: paints, varnishes, and solvents; oils and other automotive fluids; solid wastes and yard wastes; refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter, or other discarded or abandoned objects, and excessive amounts of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers.

To report an illegal discharge contact:
In City of Ashland - 606-327-2007
In City of Catlettsburg - City Building at 606-739-4533
In Boyd County - Lisha Branham at 606-928-1285 or email
or Tim Wallin at 606-928-1285 or email

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