The City of Bristol, Tennessee; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); State of Tennessee, Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC); and the public are partners in preventing pollution from discharging into area creeks, streams, lakes, ponds, and other water bodies. The City is a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Phase 2 Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit holder.
Clean water is an important resource to the City as it provides many benefits to our community and wellbeing. Clean water is needed for drinking; conducting business activities; supporting recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, boating; and providing wildlife habitat; all of which are necessary for a thriving community.
Protect the City's Waterways
The City encourages the public, including all corporate citizens, to become involved in protecting the City's waterways and contacting staff for additional information.
TDEC issued a Notice of Coverage (NOC) to the City for the permit that became effective on May 1, 2017 and will expire on September 30, 2021. As a permit holder, the City is allowed to discharge stormwater from their storm sewer system into creeks, streams, lakes, ponds and other water bodies which are collectively referred to as "waters of the state."
The permit requires the City to regulate discharges to the waters of the state including establishment and enforcement of regulations regarding runoff from residential, commercial and industrial developments.
One source of pollution into the waters of the state are through illicit discharges. An illicit discharge is the disposal of any substance into the stormwater system that is not composed entirely of stormwater. An example of an illicit discharge could be a spill or leak of any substance (e.g. paint, wash water, gasoline, and grease) into the stormwater system. The City encourages the public, including corporate citizens, to contact staff via the Stormwater Hotline 423-989-5582 if there appears to be an illicit discharge.
View links to information regarding the permit, regulations and public education and participation opportunities.
- Bristol 2019 Annual MS4 Report (Draft) (PDF)
- Bristol 2018 Annual MS4 Report (Final) (PDF)
- Bristol 2017 Annual MS4 Report (Final) (PDF)
- Bristol 2016 Annual NPDES MS4 Report (PDF)
- Bristol 2015 Annual NPDES MS4 Report (PDF)
- City Notice of Coverage (PDF)
- City Notice of Intent (NPDES Application) (PDF)
- Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Ordinance (PDF)
- Illicit Discharge Ordinance (PDF)
- Post Construction Water Quality Management Ordinance (PDF)
- Generic SWPPP (DOCX)
- Water Quality BMP Manual (PDF)
- Water Quality BMP Manual Errata (PDF)
- Manufactured BMP Device Guidance (PDF)
Education & Participation Opportunities
- Anatomy of a Sanitary Sewer (PDF)
- Boone Lake Association
- Boone Watershed Partnership
- Keep Bristol Beautiful
- Tennessee Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Training
- Tennessee Stormwater Association
- Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
- WaterWorks! (MTSU)
- Homeowner's Guide to Cleaner Water (PDF)
- After the Storm (PDF)
- EPA Pesticide Information
- EPA Fertilizer Information
- Tennessee Pesticide and Herbicide Information
- Urban Water Quality Poster Enviroscape (PDF)