32C-101 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the designated meanings.

Applicable water quality standard means a numeric or narrative water quality criterion that limits the quantity or concentrations of pollutants that may be present in navigable waters defined in 33 U.S.C. Section 1362(7). *1

Best management practice (BMP) means activities, prohibition of practices, structural and nonstructural controls, operational and maintenance procedures, control measures and other management practices to prevent or reduce the discharge of pollutants to the public storm drain system. +1

City Manager means the City Manager for the City of Phoenix or the City Manager’s designee. +1

Direct connection means any pipe, conduit or other conveyance that is inserted into any part of the public storm drain system either temporarily or permanently. +1

Discharge permit means a City-issued document (permit) authorizing the release of uncontaminated stormwater or non-stormwater to the storm drain system for a specified period of time. Specific restrictions may apply and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Fees for administering the permit may apply. +1

Firefighting activities means all emergency response activities that control or extinguish fires. The phrase does not include the release of significant materials that occur after an emergency situation has ended. +1

Nonresidential property means any real property that is actually or intended to be used for commercial, industrial, agricultural, or recreational purposes, including but not limited to the immediate vicinity of five or more connected residential dwelling units, and residential subdivisions or dwellings that have not been occupied by a bona fide purchaser or tenant.

NPDES/AZPDES permit means an authorization to discharge stormwater issued under the NPDES/AZPDES program. *1

NPDES/AZPDES Program means the Federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program administered nationally pursuant to 33 U.S.C. Section 1342 and the Arizona Pollution Discharge Elimination System (AZPDES) Program administered in Arizona pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes, Title 49, Chapter 2, Article 3.1. +1

Permit means written authorization to engage in specific conduct or an activity that is issued pursuant to and in accordance with the particular law, rules or ordinances governing that conduct or activity. +1

Person means any individual, partnership, co-partnership, firm, company, corporation, association, joint stock company, trust or any other legal entity, including their legal representatives, agents and assigns. +1

Pollutant means fluids, contaminants, toxic wastes, toxic pollutants, dredged spoil, solid waste, substances and chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and other agricultural chemicals, incinerator residue, sewage, garbage, sewage sludge, munitions, petroleum products, chemical wastes, biological materials, radioactive materials, heat, wrecked or discarded equipment, rock, dirt, sand, sediment, and mining, municipal, and agricultural waste, or any other liquid, solid, gaseous or hazardous substances. *1

Pollution means the presence of pollutants on land or in stormwater.

Pollution prevention means operational procedures and processes and improvements in housekeeping or management techniques that reduce potential or actual releases of pollutants to the environment including all air, water and land resources affected by those pollutants. +1

Public storm drain system means all or any part of the publicly owned stormwater conveyance system, including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, manmade channels or storm drains located within easements, rights-of-way, parks, streets, roads, or highways, or in common areas of real property leased from the City of Phoenix, that are used for collecting, retaining, or conveying stormwater. *1

Release means any spilling, leaking, pumping, pouring, emitting, emptying, discharging, injecting, placing, leaching, dumping, or disposing into or on any land in a manner that significant materials, pollutants, or stormwater has the reasonable potential to be introduced into the public storm drain system. *1

Significant materials means any solid, liquid, or gaseous substance other than uncontaminated stormwater, that can release pollutants, including but not limited to: raw materials; fuels; solvents; detergents; finished materials; hazardous substances designated under Section 101(14) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 9601(14); any chemical for which a report must be filed pursuant to Section 313 of Title III of the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, 42 U.S.C. Section 11023; fertilizers; pesticides; herbicides; and waste materials, including garbage, trash, ashes, slag, yard waste, animal waste, and sludge. *1

Stormwater means rainfall runoff, snow melt runoff, and surface runoff and drainage. *1

Stormwater management plan (SWMP) means a document, tailored to the facility’s site-specific conditions and activities, identifying the facility’s plan for eliminating, minimizing or reducing the amount of pollution in stormwater discharged from the site. +1

Uncontaminated means the absence of pollutants. +1

(Ord. No. G-3589, § 1; new style in use as of 8-1-2011)

Date of Addition/Revision/Deletion - Section 32C-101

+1    Addition on 5-30-2012 by Ordinance No. G-5707, eff. 6-29-2012

*1    Revision on 5-30-2012 by Ordinance No. G-5707, eff. 6-29-2012

Cross referenceDefinitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.