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IDEM > Permitting > Water Permits > Wet Weather - Combined Sewer Overflow > Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Permitting Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Permitting

The Combined Sewer Overflow program augments the NPDES Municipal permitting program by implementing a strategy for the maintenance and management of combined sewer collection systems. The primary objective of this group is to insure the minimization of impacts to waters of the state from combined sewer overflows (CSOs).

CSO Background Information

CSO Related Statutes

Nonrule Policy Documents

The following documents are available on the IDEM Nonrule Policies page:

  • Application of Existing Use Concept in Conducting Use Attainability Analyses for Long Term Control Plan Communities for Primary Contact Recreational Uses - NRPD Water-014
  • CSO-Related Bypass in Long Term Control Plans (Maximizing Treatment at the Existing POTW Treatment Plant) - NRPD Water-015
  • CSO Treatment Facilities – Policy Number - NRPD Water-016

CSO Monthly Report of Operations (MRO) Form and Instructions

The following forms and supplemental content are now available on the IDEM Forms page:

  • CSO Monthly Report of Operations (MRO)
  • 2013 CSO Reporting Memo
  • CSO MRO Instructions
  • Example Form **

The CSO MRO Form is in Excel format and must be filled out with your computer. It must be noted that CSO MROs must be printed and mailed in each month. The CSO MRO excel file should be submitted electronically at the end of the year to your CSO Project Manager.

**The data and parameters shown on this document are for an example form only and do not necessarily reflect all of the required parameters and limitations on your NPDES permit.

Beginning August 1, 2013, a new CSO MRO will be utilized as the only accepted form for reporting wet-weather CSO overflows.  Along with the written instructions located on the IDEM Forms page, this webinar is provided to supply permittee's with additional assistance in filling out the new form.

Combined Sewer Overflow Operational Plan (CSOOP)

Audit Program

IDEM intends to monitor each CSO community’s compliance progress throughout their LTCP implementation schedule. IDEM staff have initiated a program in which we will conduct site visits to CSO communities at various times throughout their LTCP implementation period to document the implementation of approved LTCP tasks. You may have already received a letter from IDEM indicating the date of our site visit and requesting your assistance in completing background information in preparation for our visit. If you have not been contacted regarding such a visit, please note that IDEM staff are actively contacting communities to schedule these visits. We look forward to working with each CSO community throughout the LTCP implementation period in a shared goal of improving Indiana’s water quality.

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