In 1987, Congress amended the Clean Water Act requiring the EPA to address storm water discharges. In 1996, the EPA issued the Industrial Storm Water General Permit which regulated storm water discharge from industrial facilities. On August 20, 2001, the TNRCC (TCEQ) issued the TPDES Multi-Sector Permit (MSGP TXR050000) to regulate storm water discharges from industrial facilities.

The goal of the City of Wichita Falls is to provide for the safety and health of the citizens of Wichita Falls and the surrounding area, to provide for appropriate water quality in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) and receiving waters, and to provide guidance to local businesses to operate in compliance with federal, state, and local storm water regulations.