MS4 Stormwater Program

The City of Pelham's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is required, under the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), to eliminate the discharge of stormwater pollutants from the MS4 to the maximum extent practicable.

The Pelham Stormwater Management Plan can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit requires eleven basic elements to be implemented:

  • Structural Controls
  • Public Education and Involvement Program
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) Program
  • Construction Site Runoff Program
  • Post-Construction Site Runoff Program
  • Spill Prevention and Response
  • Municipal Operations Program
  • Pesticide, Herbicide, and Fertilizer Application Program
  • Oils, Toxics, and Household Hazardous Waste Control Program
  • Industrial / High-Risk Program
  • Monitoring Programs


In 1987, the EPA was required under Section 402 (p) of the Clean Water Act (40CFR Part 112.26) to establish final regulations governing stormwater discharge permit application requirements. The NPDES program is permitted through the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM), and the permit requirements are issued and inspected by ADEM.

In 1996, the first 5-year permit (NPDES Permit #ALS000003) was issued to Shelby County and its eight additional Co-Permittees, which included the City of Pelham. Until recently, the City has operated as a Co-Permittee under an administratively extended permit by ADEM.

In 2015, ADEM issued new individual permits to Shelby County and the Co-Permittees that were once under the same permit. As of November 2015, ADEM issued individual NPDES Permit #ALS000009 (PDF) to the City of Pelham.

Construction & Post-Construction

General Educational Materials

MS4 Annual Report

Emergencies or Problems

Call 205.620.6416 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. After normal business hours may be reported to the Pelham Police Department at 205.620.6550. Use the Request for Action Form for Stormwater runoff-related activities. (Source.)