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Stormwater Management

Stormwater Information

Stormwater discharges are generated by runoff from land and impervious areas during rainfall and snow events. Stormwater picks up litter, sand, bacteria, oil and other chemicals as it flows over the land and it carries these pollutants to our streams, rivers, ponds and wetlands. Runoff from paved surfaces, such as roads, parking lots and rooftops, may contribute large amounts of polluted storm water. Cleaning up storm water not only benefits our neighborhoods and town, it also benefits the entire network of water bodies and land that make up our watershed [Sudbury-Assabet-Concord (SuAsCo) Watershed].

In Wayland, stormwater is regulated at the federal level by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the state level by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and at the town level it falls under the jurisdiction of the Wayland Wetlands and Water Resources Bylaw, Chapter 194, which is regulated by the Conservation Commission.

As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Individual homes that are connected to a municipal system, use a septic system, or do not have a surface discharge do not need an NPDES permit; however, industrial, municipal, and other facilities must obtain permits if their discharges go directly to surface waters.

Tips for Keeping Stormwater Clean

Car Care Tips:


     Maintain your car to prevent fluid leaks

     Recycle motor oil, antifreeze, tires, and batteries

     Use a commercial carwash that treats and/or recycles the wash water

     If you wash your car at home, wash it on the lawn so that the water can seep into the soil, and use low-phosphate detergents in small amounts.

Lawn Care and Garden Tips:


     Use fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides sparingly

     Try using organic lawn care methods

     Mow 2 to 3 inches high to encourage dense growth and deter weeds

     Mulch lawn clippings and leaves (Not in the wetlands or streams)

     Do not overwater your lawn

     Reduce lawn size in favor of natural vegetation or rock gardens

     Cover soil piles with tarps and replant bare areas to stop erosion

General Tips:


     NEVER pour or sweep anything down a storm drain, including: motor oil, litter, leaves, sand, pet waste or paint

     DO NOT block stormwater drains with refuse or debris
EPA Stormwater Info


MA DEP Stormwater

MA DEP Stormwater
Permit Applications


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