Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but instead flows over roofs, pavement, compacted soil and slope lawns into storm drains or directly into water bodies. As stormwater flows, it picks up soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, liter and other potential pollutants.
Underground pipes carry stormwater to the nearest waterway, usually with little or no treatment. In Brookline, stormwater flows directly into one of these waterbodies:
The Town of Brookline provides the following information to help eliminate non-stormwater discharges to the town's municipal storm drain system. (The town regulates stormwater discharges under By-Law 8.26.) Non-stormwater discharges are flows to the storm drain that are not comprised entirely of stormwater and are major causes of:
Impairment of water quality and flow in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, wetlands, and groundwater
Contamination of drinking water supplies
Alteration or destruction of aquatic and wildlife habitat
Stormwater Management Plan
The Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit issued jointly by the EPA and MassDEP requires cities and towns to prepare a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). If you have any questions or would like to comment on the SWMP please contact Maria Rose at [email protected].