Governing Law and Regulations
Massachusetts Clean Waters Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 21
Stormwater provisions related to the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA): MGL Chapter 131, Section 40
Water quality standards and criteria: 314 Code of Massachusetts Regulations (CMR) 3.01 to 4.06
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Bureau of Resource Protection Watershed Management Division
Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM)
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. Massachusetts is not authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, which includes stormwater discharges. Facilities must obtain permits from EPA's Region 1 office. See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for a review of the federal stormwater permitting program.
Massachusetts, in conjunction with the EPA, issues general permits for the coverage of surface water discharges associated with small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). See the state section STORMWATER— MUNICIPALITIES for more information. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) also requires review of all Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPPs) that cover discharges to Outstanding Resource Waters (ORWs) associated with construction and industrial activities. See the state sections STORMWATER—INDUSTRIAL FACILITIES and STORMWATER—CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES