IDDE Training 2022

NOTE: Most of the photos used in the 2022 IDDE (Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination) annual training were taken in Opelika this past year.  

Opelika is one of 74 Alabama cities who has a responsibility to protect our valuable streams and wildlife with city ordinances. Any land development, over one acre is size, must obtain an ADEM permit to perform construction and must provide a storm water protection plan to treat storm water runoff that leaves the construction job site.

If you recall from earlier training, you are our eyes and ears that may see storm water violations and aid us with a location. This helps us in the application and management of Opelika’s SWMPP, which meets the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and federal water quality mandates. Opelika is blessed with streams and creeks that should be protected. Please help.

Opelika continues to experience sustained growth over last year’s construction numbers. We expect to see more than 600 homes built, impacting 175 to 250 acres of land. Take a moment and review how Opelika is partnering with The Alabama Department of Environmental Management directives to protect our water resources.

At the bottom, complete five questions to complete your annual training.

Detention ponds catch many pollutants while slowing runoff. Upon the completion of a subdivision, the Homeowner Associations (HOAs) are responsible for annual inspections and detention maintenance.

1 Dention ponds catch pollutants

Fine dirt particles are hard to see, but impact storm water and streams when rain washes sediment into streams.

2 Fine dust particles impact storm water