The City of Bristol Tennessee, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), State of Tennessee, Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the public are partners in preventing pollution from discharging into area creeks, streams, lakes, ponds and other water bodies. The city is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Phase 2 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit holder.
TDEC issued a Notice of Coverage (NOC) to the city for the permit that became effective on May 5, 2011 and will expire on September 1, 2015. As a permit holder, the city is allowed to discharge stormwater from their storm sewer system into creeks, streams, lakes, ponds and other water bodies which are collectively referred to as "waters of the state."
The permit requires the city to regulate discharges to the waters of the state including establishment and enforcement of regulations regarding runoff from residential, commercial and industrial developments. Listed below are links to information regarding the permit, regulations and public education and participation opportunities.