What is NPDS Phase II?

On December 8, 1999, Phase II of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, was published in the Federal Register. The NPDES program, as authorized by the 1072 amendments to the Clean Water Act, controls water pollution by regulation point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Phase II of NPDES requires permit coverage for stormwater discharges from regulated small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and for small construction activity that results in the disturbance of equal to or greater than one acre. This Federal regulation went into affect March 10, 2003. In response to Phase II of NPDES, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management enacted Rule 13 (237 IAC 15-13) and revised Rule 5 (327 IAC 15-5). Under these new State and Federal regulations, Hancock County is required to establish a regulatory mechanism for regulating stormwater quality management. Therefore, the "Hancock County Drainage Code" was modified to address stormwater quality and quantity.

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1. What are section corners?
2. Where can I get a county map?
3. Where can I get a recorded plat of my property?
4. Why was my survey drawing not recorded when my property was surveyed?
5. Why do I see people from your office working or digging in the middle of the road?
6. When do I need a drainage permit?
7. What is the process for a drainage permit?
8. What is the Hancock County Drainage Board and who are the members?
9. How can I contact the Hancock County Drainage Board?
10. When do I need to go before the Hancock County Drainage Board?
11. When and where does the Drainage Board meet?
12. What is a floodplain?
13. What is a flood zone?
14. What is a floodway?
15. What is a flood fringe?
16. Who sets the standard for what is a floodplain, flood zone, floodway, and flood fridge?
17. Who can help me with a flood zone determination?
18. Can I build in a floodplain? Floodway?
19. What is an elevation certificate? When do I need one?
20. What is a regulated drain?
21. Where do I find maps of regulated drains?
22. I have a tile that connects to a regulated drain. Does this mean that maintaining this tile is the county’s responsibility?
23. What do the terms “brushing” and “dredging” mean?
24. What is a “watershed”?
25. Why do I pay a drainage assessment and the drain is not on my property?
26. How do I petition to make a drain a regulated drain?
27. What is the general drainage improvement fund?
28. What is a drain maintenance fund?
29. Who contributes to the general drain fund?
30. How is the interest gained from investment applied to drainage funds?
31. How long does a drain stay on assessment?
32. Where do I pay my drainage assessment?
33. How is a drainage assessment determined?
34. What are benchmarks?
35. What is a “legal survey”?
36. Do you do private surveys?
37. What is the Community Rating System (CRS) program?
38. How do I get in touch with IDNR? FEMA? Army Corps of Engineers? NRCS?
39. What is NPDS Phase II?
40. How does a licensed surveyor locate your property lines?