Illicit Discharge Reporting

Illicit discharge are any discharge to an MS4 not composed entirely of stormwater.  This means that anything other than rainwater that is directed to streams or water ways are illicit discharges. Examples include:

  • Effluent from septic tanks
  • Untreated waste from industrial facilities
  • Concrete Washout from construction sites

By City Ordinance Chapter 56, illicit discharges are illegal and punishable by fines up to $1,000. If you encounter an illicit discharge we encourage you to report them by calling Bardstown City Hall on 502-348-5947 or by using the form below:




Comments: Please use this space to describe the location and nearest address of the illicit discharge along with any other information you can provide.


Keep Local Waterways Clean and Healthy
When water from rain, snow, or sleet ­flows over the ground, it’s called “stormwater.” Stormwater can pick up pollution from your property, business or job site and when that stormwater ­flows into street gutters, storm drains, and downstream, it can pollute rivers, lakes, and streams. Follow these simple pollution solutions to help keep local waterways clean and healthy!

catch every drop

Always use drip pans when changing motor oil to ensure ­fluids do not leak onto hard surfaces and run into storm drains. Never dump fl­uids from vehicles down storm drains! Engine oil and sludge can clog drains and pollute our water.

Dispose responsiblyDispose of used oil, antifreeze, solvents, filters, tires, and batteries properly to keep pollution out of waterways.


Store stuff safely
Keep paint, fuel, and chemicals in dry, covered storage areas.  Properly dispose of these liquids in designated areas and use concrete washout areas for concrete waste.

avoid overflows

Keep outdoor waste containers away from drains, and make sure they are emptied or collected regularly to avoid overfl­ows.

Keep a lid on it
Remember to close lids tightly on outdoor containers and grease traps, so the rain does not wash waste into the storm drain.

careful with chemicalsRead the label when applying pesticides and fertilizers, use them sparingly, and avoid applying them to pavement. When there is rain in the forecast, any chemicals you apply can wash downstream.

only rain in the drain
Don’t rake, sweep, or hose debris down the storm drains. Leaves, yard clippings, and trash can clog storm pipes, causing ­floods and polluted waterways.