Arkansas Stormwater-General regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Arkansas Stormwater-General: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Control Act (Act), Arkansas Code Annotated (AR Code Ann.) 8-4-101 to 8-4-231

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State administration of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program: Arkansas Regulation (AR Reg.) 6.101 to 6.701

Regulatory Agencies

Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) Water Division Permits Branch

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Arkansas is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer and enforce the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program in Arkansas, including for stormwater discharges. Arkansas incorporates the federal rules for all wastewater discharges, including for stormwater point sources. See the national section STORMWATER- GENERAL for more information on the federal program.

Administration and enforcement. ADEQ's Water Division administers and enforces stormwater discharge permit rules in Arkansas.

State Requirements


Requirements for stormwater control in Arkansas come from three different NPDES stormwater permits: the Industrial Permit, Construction Permit, and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. Under the terms of the federal Clean Water Act and regulations in 40 CFR 122.26, operators of a wide range of construction and industrial activities must obtain NPDES permits for point source discharges of stormwater. Conditions in the permit typically require the creation of a stormwater pollution prevention plan (SWPPP), designed to control ...

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