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  • CT’s First Stormwater Utility!
    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 […]
    Posted on October 5, 2018
  • Mapping workshop coming up October 19th
    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 […]
    Posted on September 13, 2018
  • Algal bloom season is just around the corner Algal bloom season is just around the corner
    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 […]
    Posted on July 3, 2018
  • Questions about the Annual Report? Watch this video. Questions about the Annual Report? Watch this video.
    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.
    Posted on January 31, 2018
  • Annual Report templates are here! Annual Report templates are here!
    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. DEEP  strongly encourages using these templates but they’ll accept other formats that […]
    Posted on January 2, 2018
  • Nitrogen strategy meetings coming to a coastal community near you! Nitrogen strategy meetings coming to a coastal community near you!
    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 […]
    Posted on July 31, 2017
  • Green infrastructure demonstration sites at East Lyme beach parking lot
    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 […]
    Posted on June 30, 2017
  • MS4 Management Software Demos
    Several folks have been asking if there is a software program available to help manage MS4 activities and reporting under the new permit. We have found a couple of options: PermitTrack and MS4Front. To help you compare the two and evaluate whether they would be of use to you, we held webinar demos for each […]
    Posted on February 7, 2017
  • Webinar – Getting Started with Your SWM Plan Webinar – Getting Started with Your SWM Plan
    NEMO is holding a webinar on Tuesday February 7 at 2pm focused on the first step in your journey through the new MS4 General Permit requirements – registration and your Stormwater Management (SWM) Plan. For the 121 communities (plus institutions) covered under CT DEEP’s newly revised “MS4” stormwater regulations, the first requirements are to develop […]
    Posted on February 1, 2017