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New Stormwater Management Regulation

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

On January 2, 2008 the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Stormwater Management Regulation went into effect. The Regulation, based on a tremendous amount of work by the Department Staff and multiple volunteer professionals, have taken the original two volume policy document and “kicked it up” several notches to form this Regulation.

Basically, the Regulation supports Low Impact Development (LID) design and greater recharge of rainwater, which is a benefit for all. The Regulation now establishes a standard format for engineering calculations and for the engineering report that must be submitted. Over the next few months both the engineering community and the local Conservation Commissions will be going through a learning process. For some, this process may be painful.

As of the writing of this blog, our office has made two submissions under the Regulation with our presentations at the public hearings turning into a teaching lesson, instead of a project presentation.

Thanks to the Southeast Region “Circuit Rider” with MassDEP Wetlands & Waterways Program, here are the links to follow.

Regulatory Revisions to Stormwater Management effective Jan 2, 2008
Summary of WPA & WQC Revisions:
http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/laws/strmreg.pdf
Revised Wetlands Protection Regulations: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/laws/regulati.htm#wl
Revised Water Quality Certification Regulations: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/laws/regulati.htm#wqual
Stormwater Handbook including Report Checklist: http://www.mass.gov/dep/water/laws/policies.htm#storm