Storm Water Polllution

Protecting Our Watershed
Canton is required by the state of Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE) to obtain coverage under a permit for any storm water discharged to the water of the State. Currently, Canton has coverage under a Jurisdictional General Permit (PDF) that was issued by the State in 2003.

Canton recognizes that storm water discharges are a major source of water pollution in the Rouge River Watershed. As such, Canton has been 1 of the lead communities in the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC) since its inception. Canton is the largest township in the watershed.

If you see practices that could be in violation of our storm water objective and/or could be a source of pollution, please call Canton’s Public Works Division at 734/394-5150. Canton is committed to the ongoing restoration and protection of the Rouge River Watershed through its actions and programs as noted below.

Public Involvement & Education
These activities educate the public regarding storm water quality and pollution prevention:
  • Annual River Day Event
  • Benthic Monitoring
  • Homeowner Association Presentations
  • Household Hazardous Waste Round-up
Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP)
These activities help in identifying and eliminating discharges to drains, creeks and rivers within the portion of the Rouge River Watershed in Canton:
  • Annual Outfall Inspections
  • Point-of-Sale Septic System Inspection Program
Post Construction Run-Off Control
These efforts and best management practices (BMP) aid in reducing the impact of storm water discharges from new development and existing developments in Canton.
  • Soil Erosion Inspection Program
  • Structural Controls / BMPS
Pollution Prevention Activities & Good Housekeeping Practices
The State of Michigan DNRE mandates certain activities to prevent harmful run-off from municipal facilities. Canton has embraced the 6 following practices to comply with these goals.
  • BMP Maintenance Procedures
  • Employee Training
  • Good Housekeeping Practices
  • Quarterly Inspections
  • Spill Notification Procedures
  • Structural Controls