The City participates in the National Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permitting program. This is a Federal program, administered by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). As a participant of the NPDES, the City is required to adhere to several Best Management Practices (BMP’s). These BMP’s are designed to educate the public about surface water quality and improve the discharge of stormwater runoff. The ultimate goal of the program is to improve the environment through the protection of our local water resources such as; Choctawhatchee Bay, Santa Rosa Sound, Cinco Bayou, Don’s Bayou, and Garniers Bayou.
View the “After the Storm” video by the U.S. EPA and the Weather Channel, which explains where pollutants go after a rain storm.
Boaters- Please be sure to use the City’s sewage pump-out facility located at Fort Walton Landing. There is no charge for the pump-out and the facility is funded in part by the Florida DEP Clean Vessel Act Program.
More Water Quality Links:
Pamphlet on Permitting Program for the Construction Industry
Small poster on Stormwater and the Construction Industry
Small poster on what happens After The Storm
A great teaching tool – Take the Stormwater Runoff Challenge Placemat
Local Water Quality Links:
View the current Red Tide Status