The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed regulations that now require Lynn Haven, and many other cities, to more aggressively prevent storm water pollution and control runoff to improve water quality. The Public Works Department manages the state storm water permit that requires Lynn Haven to:
These storm water permit requirements must be met in order for Lynn Haven to legally discharge storm water to the bays, bayous and streams.
When rain travels over buildings, streets, parking lots and other impervious surfaces, it cannot soak into the ground. Instead, this storm water collects sediment, garbage and chemicals that are carried directly into our lakes, streams, and bays without treatment. Polluted storm water can harm aquatic plants and animals and people.