The Division of Natural Resources is responsible for administering Huntsville's Air Pollution Control, Blasting Control, and Noise Control Programs. The Division coordinates City compliance with EPA storm water regulations, enforces Huntsville's Storm Water Quality Ordinance, and conducts initial investigations of possible surface water quality problems.
In addition, the Division provides environmental support to City agencies, including performance of asbestos inspections, Phase I Site Assessments and facility environmental audits.
Air Pollution Control Program
In administering the APC program the Division:
develops strategies and regulations to maintain compliance with the National
Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS); enforces strategies and regulations
including provisions of the Federal Clean Air Act; performs ambient air
monitoring to demonstrate compliance with the NAAQS; evaluates pollution
control equipment and issues permits to industrial and area sources; performs
compliance inspections of sources; and ensures control of open burning and
proper asbestos removal.
Air Quality Information
'daily air quality index',
is calculated using
measured pollutant concentrations and provided to the Huntsville Times,
WAAY-TV, WAFF-TV, and WHNT-TV. This information is published or aired five days
each week in conjunction with weather reporting. Pollen counts and
identification are also provided three times each week.
An Air Quality Report for the Huntsville area
has been prepared by the Division. The report summarizes ambient air quality
data for major pollutants, and presents long term trends graphically. Emission
estimates are also included in the report. Interested persons can obtain a copy
of the report by contacting the Division. Literature on the effects of air
pollution, sources of pollution, and air pollution control, is also
Information on indoor air pollution, sources of
pollutants, and corrective action alternatives is provided to Huntsville
residents by Division Personnel. Indoor air inspections are performed at the
request of homeowners who are unable to determine possible sources or who have
difficulty in selecting an appropriate remedy.
A coloring book entitled
The Indoor Air We Breathe,
is also available as an educational resource for kids. To view or print the file you must have the Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or later installed on your PC. (To obtain a free copy of the
software see link below).
Storm Water Quality Control Program
Natural Resources coordinates activities by the
City of Huntsville designed to ensure compliance with State and Federal storm
water quality requirements for medium sized municipalities. These requirements include implementation
of a comprehensive municipal storm water management program*, as well as requirements for monitoring
storm water quality. In addition to assembling information
gathered by other City Departments to satisfy reporting requirements, Natural
Resources conducts industrial inspections and investigates discharges of
pollutants to the storm sewer system. Surface water quality investigations are also performed by Natural
Resources in support of the storm water quality program. Available information on urban stream water
quality and information on preventing surface water pollution is available to
the public through the Division Office.
A copy of the
'Storm Water Quality Control Ordinance',
and 'Fact Sheet',
is also available at the
(*To view PDF files you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or later installed on your computer.
Acrobat Reader is available free from Adobe's website (Adobe Acrobat Reader).