"Rule 5" is the term we use when referring to reviewing a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan and inspecting the construction sites for their erosion control measures. Madison County SWCD performs Rule 5 for almost all of Madison County (Ingalls is the only exception).
What is an MS4?
When discussing Rule 5 the phrase "MS4" might also be used because Rule 5 is tracked differently for entities under an MS4 permit. "MS4" stands for Municipal Separate Storm and Sewer Systems and is an Indiana General Permit with a term of 5 years. Towns with greater than 10,000 people are required by IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) to have separate storm water and sewer systems (becoming common practice for all towns) and must participate in a partnership within their county to meet specific requirements for the permit. The Madison County Storm Water Quality Partnership (MCSWQP) is the MS4 group the SWCD works with. It consists of representatives from Madison County, the cities of Anderson, Edgewood, Alexandria, Chesterfield, Pendleton, and Ingalls, as well as Anderson University, East Central Indiana Solid Waste District, Madison County Council of Governments, and the White River Watchers. The partnership meets quarterly to plan education and outreach events, advertisements, and discuss any other problems the group needs to address. For more information on our partnership visit their website by clicking here.
Submitting a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
If you are a plan preparer and want to submit a plan for a project in Madison County here is what you will need:
- If the project is outside of Anderson city limits we require a fee based on the amount of disturbed acres. Please refer to the fee schedule form to see how much a project costs.
- Please help us by filling out a submittal form. This saves us time and searching so we can return the plan review back to you faster. The submittal form is below.
- You can email the project plans to Brandi or Courtney, mail physical copies to our office, or bring the physical copies to our office and visit with us. When sending us plans we mainly only need any pages referenced in the SWPPP portion of the plan, the site map showing the erosion control measures in place, the erosion control details page, and a site map with the elevation contours to determine drainage. Just make sure all of the areas for the SWPPP are covered (Parts A 1-23, B 1-15, and C 1-5). This saves us space since we have to keep plans for a minimum of 3 years.