What Is Stormwater:
During a heavy rain water runs off driveways, roofs, sidewalks, and yards into streets and parking lots. Once in the parking lot or street, this storm water can pick up antifreeze, dirt, fuel, grease, oils, trash, and other pollutants that are harmful to the environment. This storm water flows into drains, through storm sewers, and then directly out into our ponds, creeks, and rivers. Polluted water can affect aquatic habitat and wildlife, as well as limit our ability to use our water bodies for drinking water or recreational activities.

In order to reduce the amount of pollutants washed away by storm water, the  United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) required communities around the country to address storm water issues. Kokomo is one of these communities in the state of Indiana required to develop and maintain a storm water quality program. This program is extremely important to the sustainability of our community. In fact, the EPA now considers storm water pollution to be one of the most significant sources of contamination in our nation's waters.

Stormwater Management:
To meet the requirements of the EPA, the City of Kokomo maintains a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Compliance with the permit requires six minimum control measures.

1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Participation/Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Runoff Control
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping at Municipal Facilities

Stormwater Fee:
The only way to lessen this pollution is to reduce the amount of pollutants washed away by storm water. Since no funding mechanism was provided by the Federal or State governments to meet the requirements, the City of Kokomo implemented a stormwater fee in 2005 to City residents to help pay for this unfunded mandate. 

Stormwater Construction Permits:
Construction sites are a potential source of pollution in storm water runoff. Federal, State and Local storm water permitting regulations are designed to reduce pollutants and run-off volumes coming from construction sites where clearing, grading, excavation and other land-disturbing activities occur. All construction project owners should apply for a storm water permit.
There are 4 basic permits available:

 -Exemption:  If you are disturbing less than 1 acre, and are outside of an existing  permitted subdivision file for an exemption permit.

 -Packet A:  If you own a lot within an existing subdivision and are building a new house, file for a packet A.   

 -Packet B:   If you are planning on disturbing more than one acre for any new  construction project outside of a previously permitted site, you must file for
    a packet B and submit a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan for review. 

-Packet C:  If you feel your construction site should be exempted from permitting, you may file a Packet C.  The Indiana Department of Environmental
  Management (IDEM) will review your request and either grant a waiver or require you to file under one of the other permits.    

Permit applications are managed through an online permitting system- Operation MS4. If you wish to apply for a permit, use the link provided below to get started. Select the location for your project from the list at left on the Operation MS4 home page for the City of Kokomo.  First time users must register with the system.  Registered users may login to the system to apply for a permit, upload plans, or check the status of an application. Permit fees are required for Packet A, Packet B, and Packet C. A link to the fee information is available below.  Please allow adequate time for plan review and approval. A period of 28 days is allowed by ordinance for plan review and approval beginning from the date of receipt of a complete permit application. However we try to make every effort to return a plan review decision within 7 working days of receipt of the complete permit application.

Reporting an Illicit Discharge:
As a part of our stormwater rules, the City of Kokomo is required to respond, investigate and fine illicit discharges.  An illicit discharge is described by the EPA as “any discharge into a storm drainage system that is not composed entirely of stormwater.”  There are exceptions to this rule such as water from firefighting activities, foundation drains, roof downspouts, etc. (See the City of Kokomo Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Plan Pg. 3 for a complete list of allowable discharges). Dumping of automotive fluids, hazardous household products, yard care products, pet waste, soaps, etc. can drain out to a creek or pond and create a fishkill.

You can report a water quality issue by clicking on the Operation MS4 link below. Click on the City of Kokomo tab on the left hand side which will take you to our page. Once there you will see a tab marked MS4 Menu In the upper left hand corner, and underneath of that- Report/Review An Inquiry with a Go symbol.  Click on the Go symbol, and it will take you to the Inquiry/Complaint Menu.  Under this is listed Create an Inquiry for an Issue or Complaint with another Go symbol. Click on this Go symbol to start entering a report.  

Don Cree Stormwater Manager, Engineering Department, City of Kokomo
Phone: (765) 456-7468  Email:
Kokomo/Howard County Emergency Dispatch    Phone: (765) 456-7198

Howard County Emergency Management
Phone: (765) 456-2242 Email:

Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)    (888) 233-7745  Emergency Response

Stormwater Links:
City of Kokomo Stormwater User Fees
Indiana Watershed Education Interactive Module


Howard County Ordinance 2010-BCCO-13 (Storm Water Mgmt. in New Development and Redevelopment

Operation MS4 Online Permit System
Sample SWPPP
IDEM Guidance for Construction SWPPP Development
City of Kokomo Stormwater Manual
Indiana Stormwater Quality Manual
Construction Best Management Practices - Introduction: Site Access and Preparation
Construction BMPs - 2: Stormwater Runoff/Run On
Construction BMPs - 3: Surface Stabilization
Construction BMPs - 4: Outlet Protection & Grade Stabilization