Storm Water Co-Permittee Partners

The Kentucky Division of Water, under the Clean Water Act, requires designated communities to provide services to manage storm water runoff. Recognizing that a regional approach is more efficient and effective, many Northern Kentucky communities have asked SD1 to take on this responsibility. 

As a result, SD1 has taken over ownership and maintenance duties of the public storm systems in these areas. State and federal regulators have issued one permit to SD1, with the following cities and counties listed as “Co-Permittees.”

  • Alexandria
  • Bellevue
  • Unincorporated Boone County
  • Bromley
  • Unincorporated Campbell County
  • Crescent Springs
  • Crestview
  • Crestview Hills
  • Dayton
  • Edgewood
  • Elsmere
  • Erlanger
  • Ft. Mitchell
  • Ft. Thomas
  • Ft. Wright
  • Highland Heights
  • Independence
  • Unincorporated Kenton County
  • Kenton Vale
  • Lakeside Park
  • Ludlow
  • Melbourne
  • Newport
  • Park Hills
  • Silver Grove
  • Southgate
  • Taylor Mill
  • Union
  • Villa Hills
  • Wilder
  • Woodlawn

Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

SD1 and its Co-Permittee partners share the responsibility of pollution prevention and good housekeeping in our region. There are numerous actions cities can take to help prevent flooding in neighborhoods and sewer backups in homes:

  • Clear grates of trash, leaves, ice or snow, and any other debris before a rain event, but be sure to also check them after the rain starts. The rain may wash debris back over the grate, which can cause flooding.
  • Identify hot spots in your city – areas prone to flooding, culverts, grates, etc. – and perform frequent preventive inspection and maintenance.
  • Encourage homeowners to not dump debris, grass clippings, construction waste, trimmed tree branches or any other landscaping over hillsides or into wooded areas. This debris will eventually end up in drainage ditches and creeks, which can block inlets or outfalls, causing flooding.
  • Call SD1 if there are any sinkholes or signs of storm system failure, such as pipes falling apart.
  • When planning road construction or resurfacing projects, make sure that proper drainage designs are implemented.

To aid co-permittees in meeting the pollution prevention requirements of the Phase II Permit, SD1 has developed several tools:

  • Co-Permittee Pollution Prevention Toolkit: Contains resources including the Household Hazardous Waste Resource Guide, Best Management Practices “Tip of the Month” posters and sign-out sheets for borrowing an available pollution prevention training video. Co-Permittees can request a toolkit by emailing
  • Co-Permittee Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Template: SD1 and all Co-Permittees are required to develop operation and maintenance plans for municipal facilities and operations. To meet this requirement, SD1 developed a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) template that can be tailored to different needs, such as storing materials outdoors or street sweeping.