If you see any illicit discharges or improper disposal of materials into the Stormwater System, please contact the Meridian Township Public Works Department at 517.853.4440.
Stormwater runoff is created when rain or melt water falls on pavement, buildings, and other impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. In developed areas like Meridian Township, we limit flooding by moving this runoff from our roads, parking lots, and neighborhoods through storm drains, many of which discharge directly into rivers and streams. Because water in our storm sewer does not get processed at a treatment plant, any contaminant on the ground can "hitch a ride" with runoff and impact our shared surface waters. Pet waste, oil, leaves and dirty water from cleaning your car can enter storm drains and flow downstream where it harms aquatic habitats and makes water unsafe for swimming, canoeing and other water-related activities. The Township takes steps to reduce this pollution to improve water quality and to meet State and Federal requirements.
Per these requirements, the Township must apply for a stormwater discharge permit every five years. A large part of that application consists of a description as to how the Township will commit to and proceed with the development, implementation, and enforcement of practices to reduce the discharge of pollutants from its municipal separate storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable. This documentation was formally designated as Meridian Township’s Stormwater Management Program, which is located below for public review and input.
To help facilitate a regional approach to stormwater management, the Township is also a member of the Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management, a guiding body comprised of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities within the Greater Lansing Region. The committee has been established to guide the implementation of the stormwater program for participating communities within the Grand River, the Red Cedar River and the Looking Glass River watersheds. Visit MyWatersheds.org to learn about upcoming events, find steps you can take to limit water pollution, and to get involved in managing our shared water resources!
An illicit discharge is defined as any discharge to the municipal separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except for discharges allowed under an NPDES permit or waters used for firefighting operations. Many of these non-stormwater discharges occur due to illegal connections to the storm drain system from commercial, residential, and other establishments.
Illicit discharges and dumping allow contaminated wastewater into our local waterways without receiving any treatment. Such activities may be intentional, but also may be unknown to the property owner. Some examples of illicit discharges or dumping are failing septic systems, improper disposal of sewage from recreational vehicles, illicit connections of sanitary sewer lines and floor drains to the storm sewer system, or the cleaning of pool filters, paint brushes and vehicles in a driveway or street.
Please help us protect the Red Cedar and Grand River Watersheds by reporting illicit discharges, connections and dumping into the storm sewer system. If you happen to see something entering or exiting a storm pipe, catch basin, or drainage ditch that looks, smells or feels like something other than stormwater, please contact Meridian Township Chief Engineer Younes Ishraidi by email at email@example.com or call 517.853.4460. You can also report polluters through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Pollution Emergency Alerting System (PEAS) hotline at 800.292.4706.
Household Hazardous Waste Recycling
When not stored, used, or disposed of properly, household hazardous waste pollutes our waters. Household cleaners, paints, automotive fluids and more should be recycled at a household hazardous waste event or designated collection facility. Check out these links to learn more about area collection events and resources to help you properly dispose of household materials!
Pollution Prevention Tips
Want to learn more about how you can protect our waterways at your home, school, or business? Check out these articles, brochures, and flyers and feel free to print and post them at your workplace or classroom!
Visit the GLRC website at www.MyWatersheds.org for more materials like these, to discover what watershed you live in, and other pollution prevention tips!
Septic System Failure Information
Learn more about Ingham County’s point of sale program that identifies and addresses septic system failures, which are a major contributor of water pollution.
Pollution Isn't Pretty
There are lots of things you can do as a family to protect water quality: volunteer in a river clean up, choose natural cleaning products, clean up spills on your driveway and pick up and properly dispose of pet waste. Find out more information at http://www.pollutionisntpretty.org/
Social Media Campaigns
There are several watershed management efforts currently underway by local watershed groups. Their mission is to improve regional water quality and management. The Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management (GLRC) collaborates on several different projects and efforts related to water quality improvements, recreational opportunities, pollution prevention and in general regional water resource management.
Stormwater Management Documents
- Meridian Township Pollution Prevention Manual
- Meridian Public Education Plan - Revised September 2018
- Appendix C - Enforcement Response Procedure
- Appendix E - Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan
- Appendix F - Regulatory Mechanism
- Post Construction Stormwater Runoff Program
- 2014-2016 Meridian Township Progress Report
- Combined Flyers for Businesses
- Combined GLRC Brochures
- Combined PDF of GLRC Articles
- Ingham County Point Of Sale Brochure