11/19 Stormwater Workshop

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Join us on November 19 from 7 – 9 p.m. and learn about stormwater that harms streams, lakes and ponds. Polluted runoff from streets and other hard surfaces is the foremost water quality concern in Massachusetts.

Fortunately, there are effective and inexpensive ways to remedy stormwater problems. The workshop will present guidance to help spot and evaluate sources of polluted runoff.  The slideshow will also explain how to identify the best places to capture and cleanse runoff.  Workshop materials will include information about practices that can achieve more pollutant reduction for less cost.

This free workshop at the Lunenburg Public Library will provide guidance materials and refreshments. Pre-registration is requested – email mwc@commonwaters.org or phone (978) 534-0379. (For more details, left click the flyer image above.)

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Stormwater Rules

The Draft Massachusetts MS4 General Permit is available for public comment. This EPA Permit for “Separate Storm Sewer Systems” will better protect streams, lakes and wetlands.

The 2014 MS4 Permit affects 260 cities and towns, as well as universities, military bases and transportation agencies. The permit regulates stormwater systems in urbanized areas defined by the federal census for Massachusetts.

Shea Brook 2The Draft Permit requires MS4s to apply a “Stormwater Management Program” to control pollutants and fulfill the federal Clean Water Act.   A Stormwater Management Program entails six control measures including public education and participation, illicit discharges, runoff from new development and redevelopment, and good housekeeping in municipal operations.

The draft also has requirements that address total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for bacteria, phosphorus and nitrogen.

EPA has estimated the costs for the control measures will vary depending on population, resources, infrastructure and work completed during the preceding MS4 permit. As drafted, EPA estimates the cost to meet the six control measures will range between $78,000 and $829,000 per year, averaged over the permit term.

The comment period for the draft permit is 90 days, ending Dec. 29, 2014. A public hearing will be held on Nov. 19 in Leominster. EPA will also host public meetings, including one on Oct. 28 in Haverhill, to explain the permit requirements and answer questions.

The draft general permit, a detailed fact sheet, and information on public meetings and the public hearing: http://www.epa.gov/region1/npdes/stormwater/MS4_MA.html

Black Bears Presentation

Worcester County Conservation District Annual Meeting at the Rutland Library on Wednesday, October 15th – 6:30 pm Pot Luck Dinner; 7:00 pm Presentation.

“Come learn about the history and biology of Massachusetts’ black bears! The bruins are out and about in the woods of Massachusetts trying to fatten up for the winter”.

Speaker, Laura Hajduk Conlee, Furbearer and Black Bear Project Leader for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, will present the research the Division is conducting on bears and how to live with them as the population grows and expands eastward.

6:30 pm Pot Luck Dinner – Please bring your favorite entre or salad and avoid foods with nuts. WCCD will provide beverage, paper products and dessert.  RSVP by October 13th Lisa (508) 829-0168, ext. 193 or email Lisa.trotto@ma.usda.gov.  The Rutland Free Public Library is located at 280 Main Street, Rutland, MA