Engineering Division - Community Development Department
City Hall - 2nd Floor  401 Independence, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703
Phone 573-339-6327
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Stormwater Management Plan 2021-2026

MS4 Comprehensive Permit

Fleet SPCC
  Most Requested

Stormwater Permit Application
Plan Review Checklist
Site Inspection Form
Fill/Grading Permit Application
Floodplain Development Permit Application
FEMA Flood Hazard Area Map
SWPPP Checklist
SWPPP Template Updated 12/2014

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is pure rainwater plus anything the rain carries along with it. Unlike sewage, stormwater is not treated. Common stormwater pollutants include litter, chemical pollution and ‘natural’ pollution like leaves, garden clippings or animal droppings. The majority of Cape Girardeau's stormwater ends up in the Mississippi River, which is the drinking water source for many communities.

What are Federal Standards Regarding Stormwater?
Cape Girardeau is one of many Missouri communities that was required to submit a Notice of Intent application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for coverage under the Missouri Phase II MS4 general stormwater permit, as moderated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act. This program requires that the City develop a stormwater program which addresses water quality issues. Phase II is designed to look at nonpoint pollution from all sources. Nonpoint pollution is water that cannot be traced to source, such as rooftops, paved roads and parking lots. Phase II requires that the City of Cape Girardeau meet the following minimum controls:
  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Illicit discharge detection
  • Construction site stormwater runoff control
  • Post-construction stormwater management in new development and re-development
  • Pollution prevention, good housekeeping for community operations

How You Can Prevent Stormwater Pollution

Typical activities that can cause stormwater pollution include the following, and should be avoided:
  • Washing your car with detergent and chemicals, then allowing water to run down the street drain.
  • Performing vehicle maintenance on the street and allowing oil and substances to flow in the street drain.
  • Disposing of garden waste in drains, or accumulating leaves and yard clippings in gutters or driveways.
  • Dropping litter where it can be washed down outdoor drains during a rain.
  • Hosing dirt, soil and other waste from your driveway or sidewalk in to a street drain.
  • Leaving behind pet droppings that can be carried to the stormwater system.

Required Stormwater Permits

If you have questions, or you need to know if your project requires any type of stormwater permits and planning, contact the Community Development Department at 573-339-6327.

Stormwater Management Permit

Stormwater Management Permits assure that runoff is adequately controlled. Stormwater Management Plans and Permits are required for any development for which no improvement plans have been approved, and developers must obtain a stormwater permit before a building permit is issued. Fees apply.

Download Stormwater Management Permit Application
Fill/Grading Permit

To complete any fill work or grading on a project, a Fill/Grading permit application must be completed.

Download Fill/Grading Permit Application

Floodplain Development Permit

A Floodplain Development Permit must be obtained prior to the erection, addition or alteration of any building, structure or obstruction located in a flood hazard area, and prior to any grading or filling. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides flood hazard area maps.

Download Floodplain Development Permit Application 

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans for Contractors
The following resources, templates and links can be used, along with appropriate permit applications, to develop your next project's Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP).

Download SWPPP Checklist                     Download SWPPP Editable Template

SWPPP Development References

Developing your SWPPP
Original SWPPP Template
Missouri DNR Land Disturbance Permit
Missouri DNR CGP (MORA)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CGP
MS4 Permit
Protecting Water Quality
Stormwater Community Management Guide
Managing Environmental Responsibilities
Endangered Species Information
State Historic Preservation Office
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
  Best Management Practices Examples

Kentucky Erosion Prevention Field Guide
Maryland Stormwater Design Manual
MSD Stormwater Best Management Practices
APWA / MARC Best Management Practices
Urban Small Sites Best Management Practices