Burlington Stormwater Management Program

The Town of Burlington has a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) for catching and conveying stormwater runoff from rainwater, snow and ice melt from pavement and other surfaces.  The runoff discharges directly to local streams, rivers and other water bodies.  This MS4 system and the stormwater that enters it is regulated under the Clean Water Act, specifically the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).  The Town’s NPDES MS4 permit is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

The Town’s Stormwater Management Program is in place to meet permit requirements and prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into the MS4.  Measures include public education and outreach, public involvement and participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site stormwater runoff control, post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment, and pollution prevention and good housekeeping in municipal operations.  The Town is working on creating a comprehensive written Stormwater Management Plan, expected to be complete by July 2019.  The plan will be posted here when available.

Residents, businesses, developers and other member of the public are encouraged to review our efforts and the Stormwater Management Plan and provide any input or recommendations to the Town.

Links of Interest:

Town of Burlington 2017 Drainage Basemap (MS4 map)

Current MS4 permit documents and annual report information on EPA’s website

New MS4 permit documents (anticipated to be effective July 1, 2018) on EPA’s website

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