City of Bowling Green / Warren County


To fully comply with federally mandated stormwater regulations the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky is required to address runoff from post construction areas. Post construction stormwater management in areas undergoing new development or redevelopment is necessary because runoff from these areas has been shown to significantly affect receiving water bodies. Many studies indicate that prior planning and design for the minimization of pollutants in post construction stormwater discharges is the most cost effective approach to stormwater quality management. However, compliance with the City of Bowling Green’s stormwater ordinance is not an option. The City of Bowling Green is an NPDES Phase II regulated municipality and has coverage under the NPDES Phase II general stormwater permit, KYG20. To satisfy the requirements of the City’s NPDES Phase II permit, and as the operator of the MS4, the City of Bowling Green has the authority to inspect properties- including private, residential, and commercial properties- for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite.

City of Bowling Green Stormwater Ordinance

21-2.05 Post Construction Water Quality.

a. The City of Bowling Green reserves the right to request a Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) at the discretion of the City Engineer or designee based on potential storm water quality impacts. Such WQMP's shall call for best management practices (BMP's).

b. The property owner shall be responsible for the operation and maintenance of installed BMP's.

c. Design. All storm water BMPs shall be designed in a manner to minimize the need for maintenance and reduce the chances of failure, while maintaining required function. The design performance requirement shall accommodate an 80% total suspended solid removal of particles from 2 mm (very coarse sand) to 0.125 mm (very fine sand). Additionally, BMPs shall be designed to remove targeted pollutants based on land use and typical pollutant for the land use.

d. Maintenance Agreements. Maintenance of all storm water quality devices shall require a formal maintenance agreement between the City of Bowling Green and property owner. This agreement shall be recorded in the Warren County Clerk's office prior to final plan approval. As part of the agreement, operation and maintenance shall be required sufficient to maintain proper function and water quality at the discharge point. The agreement shall also include requirements for periodic inspection to ensure proper performance of the facility between scheduled cleanouts. The property owner shall be required to pay a fifty dollar ($50.00) fee to cover the City's administrative expenses including the cost of filing of the maintenance agreement. (BG O&M documents below)

e. Operations and Maintenance Requirements. Operation and maintenance of all storm water quality devices shall be the responsibility of the property owner.

  1. Maintenance. The property owner shall be responsible for all maintenance and record keeping as detailed in the Maintenance Agreement set forth in the City of Bowling Green Stormwater BMP Manual.
  2. General Requirements for Post Construction Stormwater Control. Requirements for design, maintenance and a menu of BMPs are located in the Post Construction section of the City of Bowling Green Stormwater BMP Manual. The regulations set forth in the City of Bowling Green Stormwater BMP Manual shall be the standard practice for post construction compliance in the City of Bowling Green.

f. Inspection Requirements. The property owner or his/her agent shall be responsible for routine inspection of storm water infrastructure to ensure its proper operation and required maintenance activities occur.

g. Right of Entry. The City of Bowling Green and its agents shall have the right of entry to inspect, observe, test or perform any other related activity to the operation, maintenance, and function of the storm water infrastructure.

h. Records of Installation and Maintenance Activities. Parties responsible for the operation and maintenance of a storm water management facility shall maintain records of the installation and of all maintenance and repairs. These records shall be made available upon request by the City of Bowling Green during inspection of the facility and at other reasonable times upon request. Furthermore, an annual Water Quality BMP report shall be submitted to the City of Bowling Green for review. The report is subject to an audit as a performance validation measure.

(Ord. BG2002-41, 8/20/2008; Ord. BG2004-63, 12/21/2004; Ord. BG2007-36, 8/21/2007)

Bowling Green Stormwater Operations and Maintenance (O&M)

The O&M Plan for a site with privately maintained BMPs contains the following elements:

1. An Inspection and Maintenance Agreement signed by the developer or BMP owner. This agreement states that the owner is responsible for maintaining the BMP perpetually and performing inspections.

2. A BMP location map clearly indicating the locations of all stormwater BMPs, drainage easements, access easements, roadways, and stormwater system components as they relate to the stormwater BMPs.

3. Schematics for each BMP. The schematics should be detailed enough to allow for future inspections of the BMP(s) and stormwater system. If more than one BMP is on the project site, schematics of each BMP must be provided.

4. Inspection and maintenance templates for each type of BMP. For manufactured BMPs, the template must have maintenance items filled out in the template prior to submission to the City.

5. Annual BMP report template. The form must be used by the BMP owner for the annual inspection of the BMP(s).

Bowling Green Stormwater Management Documents