The General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit) is the product of a mandate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as part of its Stormwater Phase II rules in 1999. This general permit requires each municipality to take steps to keep the stormwater entering its storm sewer systems clean before that stormwater enters water bodies. One important element of this permit is the requirement that towns implement public education programs to make residents aware that stormwater pollutants emanate from many of their everyday living activities, and to inform them of steps they can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.
The Engineering Department will officially submit the Town's annual report in March. The public may comment on this report by contacting the Engineering Department via phone, mail, email or service request (use Ask Us/Contact a Department - Engineering).
The permit can be viewed here. For more information on the permitting process visit DEEP's Municipal Stormwater web page.