On July 21st, 2014, the Carmel City Council adopted ordinance D-2154-13, establishing the City of Carmel Department of Storm Water Management. The Department was established to manage the City’s ever increasing costs to maintain existing storm water infrastructure, construct new infrastructure, address localized drainage issues, and prevent waterway pollution. In January 2016, the Carmel City Council adopted ordinance D-2273-16 which establishes a new flat rate for residential properties, which will also be used to calculate fees for non-residential properties, as well as an annual automatic rate increase. The department is administered by City Engineering Department staff and headed by the City Engineer, Jeremy Kashman.
The Department is also responsible for implementing the City’s Storm Water Management Plan. The City’s storm water management plan details the City’s efforts to comply with its Rule 13 permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. There are severe penalties for non-compliance with the permit. John Thomas, the City’s Storm Water Administrator, is in charge of the City’s storm water program and compliance with the Rule 13 permit.
Rule 13 requires the City to implement the following six minimum storm water control measures to minimize the amount of pollutants entering our storm water runoff, which typically drains untreated, to the nearest waterway;
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation and Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Site Runoff Control
- Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
To learn more about the City’s storm water program and the storm water utility, please watch the City of Carmel Storm Water Utility Video.
To learn more about storm water runoff and how to prevent storm water pollution, please visit the pages linked to the left.