In 2004, the Town of Manchester developed a townwide Stormwater Management Plan. This plan is a required component of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater for Small Municipal Storm Sewer Systems , more commonly known as the "MS4" permit. The goal of the MS4 permit program is to improve overall water quality by reducing the amount and potential for pollutants to enter our water system. The Stormwater Management Plan identifies measurable goals in each of the following six control measures: Public Education and Outreach; Public Participation and Involvement; Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination; Construction Site Runoff Control; Post-Construction Runoff Control; and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping. The overall purpose of the program is to protect the quality of our natural resources by reducing the discharge of pollutants to wetlands and watercourses.
The Town has made considerable progress towards the goals originally identified in the 2004 Plan, as documented below in the annual reports submitted to DEP:
If you have any comments regarding this plan or annual report, please contact Jeff LaMalva, Town Engineer at (860) 647-3158 or via email.
The MS4 permit mentioned above contain Best Management Practices (or BMP's) for the Town's operations.Reducing the amount of pollutants entering our watercourses is important because it affects plants, fish, animals and people. After it rains, stormwater runoff can pick up chemicals, debris, sediment and other pollutants from the ground as it flows untreated into the water bodies we use for recreation purposes and sources of our drinking water. Everyone can play a part in reducing these pollutants from entering our water bodies. Below are some brochures and links that show ways you can help.
Resident Guide to Rain Barrels
Resident Guide to Vegetated Riparian Areas
Resident Guide to Pervious Pavement
Resident Guide to Rain Gardens
Stormwater Pollution Solutions
Residential Best Management Practices
EPA NPDES Webpage
Water Cycle Glossary (Thanks Jenae!)
How to Build a Rain Barrel
If you see illegal dumping into storm drains, please call (860) 647-3067 or (860) 647-5235.
Help keep our water clean.