Massachusetts Stormwater-Municipalities regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Massachusetts Stormwater-Municipalities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Massachusetts Clean Waters Act, Massachusetts General Laws (MGL), Chapter 21

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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

Municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s): 314 CMR 3.06

Regulatory Agencies

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. However, 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 national section STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for a review of the federal MS4 stormwater permitting program.

Administration and enforcement. EPA Region 1 is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the stormwater discharge NPDES permit rules in Massachusetts. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) jointly issues small MS4 general permits in conjunction with the EPA and reviews EPA's stormwater general permits for water quality certification under Section 401 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). In addition, ...


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Massachusetts Stormwater-Municipalities Resources

Type Title
Forms Western Washington Phase II Municipal Stormwater Permit Forms
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