On April 10-11, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) inspected the City of Kalispell’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) for compliance with our permit. Prior to the inspection, DEQ requested approximately 1,420 documents be sent for review. The inspection lasted 16 hours and included nine employees of the City of Kalispell. The inspection included two sections: 1) discussion and records review of the City’s Stormwater Management Program and 2) field review of drainage areas, including stormwater outfalls and monitoring locations.
Last week, the City received the official inspection report. DEQ did not identify any violations and identified many commendable efforts of the City’s Stormwater Program. We are very pleased of our hard work to avoid violations and maintain compliance. Of the six MS4s that have been inspected, Kalispell is the only one to not receive violations. DEQ also provided recommendations to continue to improve our program, many of which are already underway. Casey Lewis, Environmental Specialist, is the permit coordinator and has done a fantastic job in preparing, updating and implementing Kalispell’s Stormwater Management Program to ensure compliance with the MS4 Permit regulations.
Kalispell is in the third year of a five year MS4 Permit cycle. This year we will be focusing on updating and adopting new ordinances for compliance with the Construction, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, and Post Construction sections of the permit.