Urbanized Area of Fairbanks

Fairbanks Urbanized Area Stormwater laws & regulations

Fairbanks Urbanized Area regulations are compliant with the Alaska Pollutant Discharge and Elimination System (APDES) permit requirements for the area’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) under two APDES permits (AKS-053414 and AKS-053406). The City of Fairbanks, the City of North Pole, Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB), and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) have collaborated to create nearly identical storm water management plans within the Fairbanks Urbanized Area. Because of this collaboration, each agency follows the same basic plan, but have separate areas of jurisdiction and project review authority.

Four (4) co-permittees have jursidiction over the Fairbanks Urbanized Area:

The Fairbanks Urbanized Area Storm Water Management Agency Review & Project Submittal Requirements handout was drafted by the collaborating agencies in order to alleviate any confusion in terms of jurisdiction and submittal requirements. After determining which agency has jurisdiction over your area of operation, review the agency-specific requirements here. (City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole, Fairbanks North Star Borough, State of Alaska/ADEC)

EXCERPT- Fairbanks Storm Water Management Program, 2015

In 2005 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mandated local government agencies in Fairbanks develop, implement, and enforce a Storm Water Management Program to control pollutants in storm water being discharged from their storm drain systems to local water bodies.

In response…the Fairbanks North Star Borough, City of Fairbanks, City of North Pole, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, and University of Alaska Fairbanks (each owning segments of storm drain system in the Fairbanks area) teamed up to create the program and collectively tackle storm water pollution. The program's focus is to improve the water quality of the Chena River, Noyes Slough, Chena Slough, and all other water bodies to which storm water discharges in the Fairbanks area.

Supplemental Documents:

Fairbanks Urbanized Area Stormwater Website

Storm Water Ordinances 

State of Alaska documents:

APDES Stormwater Website

Alaska Storm Water Guide