What is stormwater?
Stormwater is the runoff water after it rains or snows from impervious surfaces, such as streets, driveways, and rooftops. Impervious surfaces limited the infiltration of water into the ground.
Where does stormwater go?
Stormwater flows from impervious surfaces to storm drains to prevent flooding on pavement. Underground pipes channel the stormwater directly to nearby waterways, usually with little or no treatment.
Why should stormwater concern me?
As water flows over impervious surfaces, storm water picks up litter, sand, and chemicals (such as fertilizers) that channel into storm drains that eventually carries these pollutants to our streams, ponds, rivers, coastal waters, and drinking supply.
What can you do?
By doing simple things, you, your neighbors, and your community can help keep our local waters clean for everyone:
- Don't litter. Recycle or dispose of waste properly.
- Never throw, pour, or sweep anything down storm drains.
- Maintain your car to prevent fluid leaks.
- Recycle used motor oil.
- Use fertilizers and other lawn chemicals sparingly.
- Pick up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the trash.
- Support community efforts to keep stormwater clean.
- Report any suspicious and possible illegal dumping to the Department of Public Works at 978-640-4440.
What is the Town doing?
The Town was awarded a 319 Grant for Long Pond to improve the water quality and educate the public on stormwater. For more information and brochures, please click here.
The Clean Water Act (CWA) established the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. 319 addresses the need for greater federal leadership to help focus state and local nonpoint source efforts. Under Section 319, Towns can receive grant money that supports a wide variety of activities including financial assistance, education, of specific nonpoint source implementation projects.