Sunday, April 18, 2010

New Regional Permiting and SWPPP Requirements In MA

EPA will require new measures to control stormwater pollution in the Charles River watershed. Under a proposed pilot program large industrial, commercial and multi-family residential facilities in three communities in the Upper Charles River Watershed will be required to reduce polluted runoff from their properties. This initiative is part of a continuing, multi-faceted effort to restore the Charles River.

The EPA action will apply to properties with two or more acres of impervious area in the Towns of Milford, Franklin, and Bellingham, Massachusetts. Property owners with two or more acres of impervious surfaces will now be required to obtain an EPA discharge permit, and to take steps to reduce pollutants in stormwater.

The permit is designed to encourage private property owners and municipalities to work together, to produce a comprehensive approach to storm water management. Under the EPA program, property owners can choose to control their own stormwater to specified standards, or can work with their town government on a community-wide approach. Facilities can choose from a simple menu of stormwater controls, and receive specified credits to meet their reduction requirement. The permits will require that these facilities reduce phosphorus discharges by 65 percent through a variety of stormwater management practices. Ultimately, these requirements will likely apply to the entire Charles River watershed.

Caltha LLP provides expert consulting services to public and private sector clients nationwide to address Stormwater Permitting & Regulatory Support, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP), Stormwater Monitoring and Stormwater Training.

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