Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program

Stormwater Management in New Braunfels

In order to comply with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) MS4 permit requirements, the City of New Braunfels has developed a Storm Water Management Plan (SWMP). The SWMP outlines programs and Best Management Practices (BMPs) the City will implement in order to minimize pollution associated with stormwater runoff. The City is currently implementing the following programs to minimize pollutants from reaching our waterways:
  • Public Education and Outreach: The City of New Braunfels implements a public education program to inform the community about the impact of stormwater discharges on water quality, hazards related to illegal discharges & dumping, improper disposal of waste, & steps that the public can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater. The City will hold events to involve the community in stormwater planning and education efforts.
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination: The City of New Braunfels implements and enforces a program to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to the storm drain system and natural waterways. The program includes mapping of the storm sewer system, screening stormwater outfalls to detect pollutant discharges, tracking and elimination of illicit discharges, and establishment of a city ordinance prohibiting illicit discharges.
  • Construction Site Stormwater Management: The City of New Braunfels implements and enforces a program to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff associated with construction activity. The program will include review of site plans to assess for adequate stormwater controls, routine inspections of active construction sites, and establishment of a city ordinance requiring erosion and sediment controls.
  • Stormwater Management in Areas of New Development: The City of New Braunfels will address stormwater pollution in areas of new development by developing & implementing permanent stormwater BMPs, inspecting existing stormwater controls, such as retention basins, to ensure adequate operation, maintaining City-owned stormwater BMPs, and establishing a ordinance to address post-construction stormwater runoff. The City will also encourage the use of Low Impact Development (LID) concepts in areas of new development and redevelopment to mitigate the negative effects of stormwater runoff and pollution.
  • Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations: The City of New Braunfels is implementing an operation and maintenance program to prevent and reduce pollutant runoff from municipal operations. The City will adopt and implement stormwater management policies and procedures designed to protect water quality. This program will include stormwater management training for City staff, routine inspections of City-owned facilities to identify and address stormwater concerns, and installation of stormwater controls at City-owned facilities.