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Interlocal Stormwater Workgroup
Mandated by Congress under the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Program is a comprehensive national program for addressing the non-agricultural sources of stormwater discharges, which adversely affect the quality of our Nation's waters. The program uses an established  permitting mechanism to require the implementation of controls designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washed by stormwater runoff into local water bodies.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations require communities in urbanized areas to develop programs to manage stormwater runoff by addressing the following six minimum control measures:

  • Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts.

  • Public involvement/participation.

  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination.

  • Construction site stormwater runoff and control.

  • Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment.

  • Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations.

Eleven Cumberland County municipalities are subject to Phase II stormwater regulation.  In 2002, the District, along with other partners, brought the communities together into the “Interlocal Stormwater Workgroup” (ISWG).  The group developed a model plan to be submitted to Maine DEP. This plan and interlocal approach has been used by the State as a model  for the other 17 regulated municipalities in the State.  The ISWG was profiled at the Stormwater Management in Cold Climates Conference in November 2003 and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Committee Stormwater Conference in Spring 2004.

Hazard Mitigation
The District is currently in the process of updating Cumberland County's Hazard Mitigation Plan on behalf of Cumberland County Emergency Management.  The updated Plan will be posted when available.

YardScaping
YardScaping is a statewide effort to inspire Maine people to maintain their yards for the safety of kids, pets and the environment by reducing the use of fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides.  To learn more, click here.

 


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