The Connecticut Department of Transportation is holding a series of public meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the Department’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. On July 1, 2019, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (the Department) will begin operating under the “General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from […]
Earlier this summer, New London became the first municipality in Connecticut to establish a stormwater utility which goes into effect January 1, 2019. This means they will begin charging all property owners a fee for their contribution to the city’s stormwater runoff. Previously, New London relied on property taxes to fund maintenance of their stormwater […]
We’re holding an MS4 mapping workshop on October 19th, 2018 at Rocky Hill Town Hall. Presentations begin at 9am and we expect to wrap up no later than 3pm. Registration is available here. CLEAR staff will cover a range of MS4 mapping topics including options for mapping your stormwater system, tracking impervious cover disconnections, and […]
Many CT municipalities see algae blooms occur in their lakes and ponds beginning around mid-summer each year. The warmer water temperatures help foster favorable conditions for excessive algae (and cyanobacteria) to grow. But water temperature alone does not cause these blooms to form, it’s the additional nutrients that end up in our waterbodies when stormwater […]
In response to some common questions about the first Annual Report under the new MS4 permit, there’s a new and short video that explains: the Annual Report submission process, where to find the template, and what needs to be included in your report this year.
There are two versions of the Annual Report template: one for existing 2004 MS4 permittees and another for new 2017 MS4 permittees. They are nearly identical – the biggest difference is that the due dates for many BMPs are later for new permittees. DEEPÂ strongly encourages using these templates but they’ll accept other formats that […]
CT DEEP and UConn NEMO are holding three meetings across Connecticut’s coast this August. We’ll be discussing the status of nitrogen pollution in Long Island Sound, DEEP’s strategy to address it and what communities can do to help. We’ll then present tools and outreach material that can help reduce nitrogen levels in stormwater and meet certain […]
After 7 years of diligent stormwater infiltration, it seems like a lot of people know about the green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices at the Hole-in-the-Wall beach parking lot in East Lyme – in no small part due to the stormwater classroom held here every year. Each May, town staff with help from many partners including […]