Northborough Public Works
The EPA nationally regulates the discharge of stormwater runoff that is transported through municipal drainage systems into local waterbodies through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program. The NPDES stormwater program includes the following components, called Minimum Control Measures (MCMs):
- Public education and outreach
- Public participation
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Management of construction site runoff
- Management of post-construction site runoff for new development and redevelopment
- Good housekeeping and pollution prevention in municipal operations
The Town of Northborough must implement specific policies and procedures for each MCM to help reduce pollution in local waterbodies. The program also includes requirements to address specific pollutants found in stormwater where waters are not meeting water quality goals or designated uses (e.g., fishable, swimmable) under the Clean Water Act. In Northborough, this means reducing the levels of total phosphorus and bacteria in stormwater runoff.
To comply with program requirements, the Town of Northborough has developed a Notice of Intent (NOI) to request authorization to discharge stormwater. The NOI will be submitted to EPA and MassDEP by October 1, 2018. It includes information about the Town’s status of compliance with the NPDES stormwater program, a summary of waterbodies within Town that receive stormwater discharges, and best management practices (BMPs) the Town will implement to address the six MCMs. A Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) has also been developed, which summarizes the Town’s stormwater program and the NOI in greater detail.
As a resident of Northborough, you can provide input and feedback on the Town’s proposed NOI, SWMP, and overall stormwater program. These topics will be discussed at the Conservation Commission meeting on September 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM. Please visit this PDF links above for these draft documents.