The City of Somerset’s Engineering Department helps keep our water clean.
Part of keeping our water clean is improving the stormwater quality that drains from property into our storm sewer system and discharges to state waters, such as Lake Cumberland.
Somerset was granted the State of Kentucky Division of Water for a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. This five-year permit helps us improve water quality from our storm system by addressing six areas.
The ultimate goal of each is to reduce the impact stormwater has on our local receiving streams, creeks and the lake.
What is stormwater and where does it come from?
Stormwater is any precipitation that collects in a natural or constructed storage or transport system following a storm event.
For example, during construction of a new building or neighborhood, sites are often cleared and the soil is firmly compacted. which prevents rainfall or snowfall from soaking into the soil. As a result, the rainfall streams along the surface of the ground. This is stormwater runoff.
After construction activities, impervious areas such as roads, roof tops, parking areas and sidewalks, prevent infiltration of moisture from rain and snowfall, which increases natural stormwater runoff.
This runoff can be too much for the existing natural drainage systems to handle.
As a result, natural drainage systems are often altered to rapidly collect runoff and convey it away (using curb and gutter, enclosed storm sewers, and lined channels). The stormwater runoff is then discharged to downstream waters such as streams, creeks and lakes.
Events & training
KEPSC Inspector Certification events are held several times throughout the year. You can check here to learn about and register for upcoming events.
Guidelines & applications
Stormwater fee schedule
|1 to 4||$350|
|5 to 25||$500|
|26 to 75||$1,000|
|76 to 150||$1,500|
|150 or more||$2,500|
|Up to 5.0||$500|
|5.1 to 10.0||$1,200|
|10.1 to 25.0||$2,000|
|25.1 or more||$2,500|
Site plan checklist
SITE DEVELOPMENT PLAN LIST FOR THE CITY OF SOMERSET, KY.
Land disturbance activities
See our stormwater ordinance for more information.
3.1 PURPOSE The requirements set forth in this Chapter are intended to:
3.2 LAND DISTURBANCE ACTIVITY
Stormwater educational resources for kids
- KY Division of Water (KDOW)
- Eastern KY PRIDE
- Spring Cleanup
- Cumberland River Compact
- EPA Region IV
Have a question or concern?
Reach out directly to our staff.
Contact: Reggie Chaney Chief Engineer
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 606.425.5362 (office)
Contact: Daniel Edwards Pre-Treatment / Storm Water
Phone: 606-306-2680 (cell)