Over the past year, the MA Watershed Coalition compiled information on stormwater reduction throughout the state. The initial inventory of Stormwater Solutions in Action is posted on MWC’s website – please use the following link to view or download this report and map http://commonwaters.org/resources/bgy-resources
Stormwater Solutions in Action (SSIA) lists stormwater practices used by cities and towns across Massachusetts. MWC encourages everyone – homeowners, businesses, community groups, schools and municipalities – to consider similar runoff remedies.
This report identifies over 200 projects that cleanse nearly 900 million gallons of polluted runoff each year. The projects listed are a small fraction of what is being done state-wide, with many towns not yet represented. MWC will update the inventory later this year with more examples of local stormwater solutions. We ask readers to help share and expand the inventory report.
The SSIA inventory includes a project table that is organized alphabetically by major watershed and the towns within them. Most of Massachusetts’ major watersheds are represented – some watersheds have many projects listed and some have just a few. This project table is followed by a section with brief remarks about Best Management Practices (BMPs), as well as links to stormwater guides, a list of watershed organizations and more.
About Stormwater: Stormwater runoff from roads, parking lots, homes and businesses is the biggest threat to clean water. One acre of paving generates a million gallons of runoff per year that washes dirt, fertilizers, oil, bacteria and other contaminants into street drains that dump into brooks and ponds.
There are many BMPs for polluted runoff that help improve hydrologic conditions by recharging groundwater and by reducing frequent flooding that damages local streams and lakes. Depending on a project’s size, several BMPs may be used in forming a “treatment train” to maximize effectiveness.
For more information about stormwater problems and solutions, please visit the MWC website www.commonwaters.org.