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  Welcome to the Stormwater Division's website. The Stormwater Division deals with issues involving water quality, watershed management, household hazardous waste issues, illegal dumping, and construction and industrial storm water permits.         Rainfall Program
 

The City of Laredo, Environmental Services Department, is proud to offer various services to the citizens of Laredo. The Environmental Services Department offers the following services:


Construction Storm Water Permits are required of land disturbance sites greater than 5 acres. Smaller projects may be required to obtain a Construction Storm Water Permit if it is part of a larger planned development (i.e. individual lots in a housing development would not be exempt from a permit since they are part of a larger development).
In order to obtain a Construction Storm Water Permit, a SWPPP or SWP3 needs to be submitted to the Environmental Department as well as a copy of the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the project.
In addition to the documents required above, the Construction Storm Water Permit requires the submission of a Storm Water Management Plan.

After all documents are received the site will be inspected by the Environmental Department, and if all requirements are met, a Storm Water Permit will be issued for the construction activity.


Industrial Storm Water Permits are required from certain industries within the City of Laredo. The industries that require a permit are based upon Federal and State requirements. Industries that are required to obtain an Industrial Storm Water Permit are identified by their Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code, which can be obtained from your Employer's Quarterly Report (Form C-3) from the Texas Workforce Commission.
In order to obtain a Industrial Storm Water Permit, a SWPPP or SWP3 needs to be submitted to the Environmental Department as well as a copy of the Notice of Intent (NOI) for the industry.

After all documents are received the site will be inspected by the Environmental Department, and if all requirements are met, a Storm Water Permit will be issued for the industrial activity.

In addition to obtaining a Storm Water Permit, permitted industries will be inspected and records will be reviewed by the Environmental Department.


Non-Storm Water Discharge Permits are required for discharges other than rain water. There are two types of non-storm water discharges:

Only allowable discharges are given Non-Storm Water Permits. Any discharges other than the described allowable discharges are considered illicit.

In order to obtain a Non-Storm Water Permit, the permittee must fill out a Non-Storm Water Permit form with the Environmental Services Department. This can be done online by Clicking Here.


Illegal Dumping creates an eyesore for the city and is a source of pollution for creeks, rivers and wetlands. The majority of illegal dumping that takes place in Laredo is from construction contractors, landscapers, demolition and paving companies, as well as local citizens.

The Environmental Services Department patrols the City in search for illegal dumping activities, however, the majority citations that have been issued, started as anonymous tips from concerned citizens.

In order to successfully investigate and cite individuals and companies suspected of illegal dumping, the Environmental Department needs in-depth descriptions of that are used for illegal dumping practices. Vehicle make and model, license plate numbers, and company names or logos, greatly help in the enforcement of illegal dumping cases.

Additionally, the Environmental Services Department provides "No Dumping" signs for problem areas. If you are aware of a problem area near you, please call us at 794-1650


Spills occur due to negligence, accidents, and purposefully. Regardless of the cause, it is important to prevent pollutants from entering the MS4 and local creeks. The Environmental Department routinely responds to calls regarding spills, in which our technicians will protect storm sewer inlets as well as remediate the spill.

Again, the Environmental Services Department depends upon individuals to call our number to report spills and leaks.


Without knowing it, everyone purchases household products that have
the potential to be dangerous. These common products include
paints, household cleaners, garden products, detergents, pet
care products and other such materials.

In August 1999, the City of Laredo opened a permanent household hazardous waste collection facility at the Municipal Landfill located at 6219 Hwy. 359. This facility is open from 10 am to 4 pm on Wednesdays and by appointment. Please call (956) 794-1650 to schedule a drop-off time. The facility also includes an exchange program for the reuse of Household Hazardous Waste.

Click Here to See Which Items ARE Accepted

Click Here to See Which Items are NOT Accepted

 

E-Waste is a popular, informal name for electronic products nearing the end of their "useful life." Computers, televisions, VCRs, stereos, copiers, and fax machines are common electronic products. Many of these products can be reused, refurbished, or recycled. Unfortunately, electronic discards is one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's waste stream.

Moreover, e-waste contains many hazardous materials such as lead, mercury, and cadmium, that pose a hazard to the environment if not disposed of correctly. The Environmental Services Department will gladly accept e-waste at the household hazardous waste collection facility, located at 6219 Hwy. 359.

 
 



 




Household Hazardous Waste Collections (Graph)


Number of Industrial Stormwater Permits: 64

Year to date number of Illegal Dumping Complaints Investigated: 5868

Year to date number of illegal discharge complaints investigated: 593
 
 
 
 
 
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