Middlesboro Stormwater Management Program

To comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit , a federal program that regulates stormwater discharges, the City of Middlesboro has developed programs to reduce the discharge of pollutants carried by stormwater into our local waterways.

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is the term used for water that enters our City’s storm drain system from streets, lawns, roofs, parking lots, and other surfaces after a rainfall event or snow melt. This water then flows untreated into our local streams and creeks that are contained within the Upper Cumberland Watershed.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is the area or region from which water drains into a stream, river, or other large body of water. The storm water in and around Middlesboro that flows from the top of mountains and hills and into Yellow Creek is part of the Upper Cumberland Watershed. It is important to protect our watershed because it is much more than just a drainage area, it is where we fish, play, and live. Watersheds also provide habitat for local wildlife and plants.

Why should we be concerned with stormwater?

As the water that enters our drainage system flows across surfaces such as streets, parking lots, yards, etc. it washes off pollutants such as oil, grease, trash, pet waste, debris, sediments, fertilizers, and pesticides. These pollutants can adversely affect the water quality in our local creeks and streams thus damaging the habitat of fish and other aquatic organisms.