Stormwater Management

The Union City Planning and Codes Department is responsible for developing and implementing the City of Union City’s Storm Water Management Plan as required by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit issued by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

What is Storm Water?

Stormwater is generally rain that runs off surfaces that cannot absorb water. These surfaces include rooftops, pavement, and compacted gravel lots. As water flows on these surfaces towards the storm drains, it picks up pollutants such as sediment, pet waste, oil, grease, fertilizers, chemicals and whatever else is on the ground and makes its way untreated to local streams & ponds. Our storm drain system, unlike the sanitary sewer system that comes from your house receives no treatment before it eventually reaches our ponds & streams. The pollutants it picks up on its way there has the potential of harming fish and other wildlife and polluting large areas of water.

The goals of the Storm Water Management Plan are to:

  • Reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable.
  • Protect water quality.
  • Satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the federal Clean Water Act of 1977 (as amended in 1987).

The program concentrates on six areas that are essential to achieving the program goals. The program is continuously evolving as new ideas and methods for reducing or eliminating storm water runoff pollution are incorporated into the program and as federal and state laws are enacted that affect the program.

  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Involvement and Participation
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
  • Permanent Storm Water Management in New Development and Re-Development
  • Pollution Prevention and Best Practices for Municipal Operations

The program is continuously evolving as new ideas and methods for reducing or eliminating storm water runoff pollution are incorporated into the program and as federal and state laws are enacted that affect the program.

Union City Minimum Stormwater Requirements

Click here to review the City of Union City's Minimum Requirements for Stormwater & Erosion Control.

Ordinance & Reports

Forms, Permits & Procedures

Information & Education

What You Can Do

Get involved by raising awareness about potential threats to your drinking water, local rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, the fish you eat, and aquatic ecosystems.

  • Report any non-emergency type pollution problem to your local government offices. For emergency pollution problems, such as major spills, call 911.
  • Never dump anything down a storm drain inlet. They flow directly to our lakes and streams.
  • Keep your leaves and grass clippings out of the streets so that they do not end up washing into the storm drain inlets.
  • Wash your vehicles on your lawn or at a car wash facility instead of in your driveway.
  • Keep your automobiles and your gas powered lawn mowers or blowers well-tuned so that they are not dripping toxic fluids or emitting toxic fumes.
  • Do not use chemicals on your lawn before it is expected to rain, and try using organic or slow-release products, which are better for your lawn and for the environment.
  • Be conservative with pesticides and herbicides (weed killers) and try natural alternatives. Call your local Extension Service to find out more about natural pesticides.
  • Make sure your air conditioners are in good working order and not leaking harmful chemicals.
  • Install early closing toilet flappers and water conserving shower heads.
  • Lawns need less than an inch of water per week. If it rains an inch, do not water. Try using a rain gauge.

Director - Jim Temple


Stormwater Coordinator
Christina Bannister