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Stormwater Management

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated that certain communities create a Stormwater Management Plan under the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The program is intended to improve water quality by reducing the discharge of pollutants from storm water runoff into local storm drains, rivers, ponds, streams and other receiving waterbodies.

Andover is one of 189 communities affected by this Phase II rule in Massachusetts. In order to comply with the Permit Program, a plan has been developed which comprises the following six elements:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Participation/Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Runoff Control
  5. Post Construction Runoff Control
  6. Municipal Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

This information is provided to the public regarding Storm Water Management practices to better inform residents of the need to help eliminate non-stormwater discharges and protect water quality.

When it rains or as snow melts, the resulting stormwater flows over roads or ground surfaces, picking up debris, chemicals, oils, grease, salt, sediment and other pollutants. These can have harmful effects on drinking water supplies, recreation, fisheries and other wildlife.

Examples of Stormwater Management Systems

What you can do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution


What is an Illicit Discharge?

An illicit discharge is the discharge of pollutants or non-storm water materials into a storm drain system via an illegal pipe connection or other direct tie-in and also via overland flow or direct dumping into a catch basin or stormdrain. Municipal storm drains are intended to convey storm water runoff to nearby lakes and streams to prevent flooding, but they are not intended to carry flow from sources such as sanitary sewers, septic systems, carwashes, laundromats, or other similar sources. Illicit discharges are a problem because stormwater generally flows to a river, pond or stream without any additional treatment, unlike wastewater or sewage which flows to a wastewater treatment plant. Dumping anything other than storm water into a storm drain is illegal and considered an illicit discharge.

Sources of Illicit Discharges


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