Many types of urban activities can directly impact the health of Cedar Falls surface waters. Local developers, contractors, subcontractors, and their crews can adversely impact water quality by not properly planning ahead to keep dirt, debris, and other waste materials away from storm drains and local waterways before, during, and after construction activities. Federal law, now implemented by Cedar Falls, mandates that those who undertake construction activities provide pollution protection at their construction sites.
As a requirement of Cedar Falls’ NPDES Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit (in 2003), an approved Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) must be obtained from the City of Cedar Falls Engineering Division using Best Management Practices (BMPs) implemented prior to any construction activities that will disturb one (1) or more acres and for construction activities of any size within a larger residential development.
The SWPPP approval and inspection process are designed to prevent stormwater pollution to the maximum extent possible and ensure that all Cedar Falls construction activities comply with the NPDES General Permit #2.
Please review our local ordinances under the stormwater regulations page. Here you will find the SWPPP application materials and other useful links. Please contact the Stormwater Specialist at 319-268-5511 with any questions.