In 2014, the City of San Marcos became a Phase II Small Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) based on the population from the urbanized area. An MS4 is a system of conveyances (roads with curb and gutter, inlets, channels, ditches, storm pipe, etc...) that are owned and operated by a municipality. This conveyance system is meant to allow stormwater to travel quickly and safely to the nearest outfall (a waterbody). The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) requires that MS4 permit holders must create a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) to protect water quality at the discharge points. The SWMP contains five Minimum Control Measures (see list below), each of which contain goals that the city must meet each permit year. For more information on what the MS4 program entails, please see related documents on this page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.