Stormwater Committee

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The Town of Hampden is providing the following information to eliminate the non-stormwater and illegal discharges within the Town's Stormwater Drainage system.

Discharges into the storm drain that are considered illegal are those that do not consist entirely of stormwater. These are major causes of:

  • Low water quality in natural water reservoirs, including wetlands, lakes, rivers, etc.
  • Drinking water contamination
  • Destruction of wildlife habitat
  • Non normal flooding

Stormwater accumulates naturally from melting snow or from rain. As it accumulates it will pick up debris such dirt, sand, chemicals, etc. Stormwater can naturally flow into water reservoirs such as brooks, rivers, lakes, wetlands, etc. These might include:

  • Scantic River
  • Laughing Brook
  • Mill Pond
  • Numerous Wetlands

Major Areas

Household · Construction · Commercial

HouseHold Areas

Runoff of polluted Stormwater can result in major problems. These problems affect animal and plant life and habitat. These can also affect activities such as fishing and swimming.

  1. Known Pollutants
  2. Engine liquids (Oil, antifreeze, etc)
  3. Paint
  4. Cooking grease
  5. Laundry detergent
  6. Pet/Yard Waste
  7. Pesticides / Fertilizers
  8. Sediments

How Stormwater control helps the Hampden?

  1. Maintain clean water supplies
  2. Maintain clean wells and natural water aquifers
  3. Maintain accordance with state and federal mandates
  4. Maintain enforcement of by-laws for future compliance by monitoring and inspection

The Town of Hampden regulates stormwater discharges under different town by-laws. Non-stormwater discharges contain contaminants and supply additional flows to the Town storm drain system. Non storm drain discharges are a major cause of impairment of water quality and water flow (in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, wetlands and groundwater), contamination of drinking water supplies, alteration or destruction of aquatic and wildlife habitat, and flooding. These can be prevented through the use of this by-law.

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Construction Areas

Runoff of polluted Stormwater can result in major problems. These problems affect animal and plant life and habitat. These can also affect activities such as fishing and swimming.

Construction activities can have a significant impact on water quality. As stormwater flows over a construction site, it can carry pollutants such as sediment, debris, and chemicals into the drains causing damage to wildlife and water quality. Construction equipment can track dirt and debris onto roads, which may then be washed into the drain.

All construction sites require a permit at either the local, state or federal level. You should contact the town all before undertaking any construction project to make sure you are in accordance.

Erosion and Sediment Control (ESC)

The Town may require ESC and/or Stormwater management plan as part of this process of obtaining a building permit. Please contact the Building Department or DPW/Engineering for additional information.

Soil erosion is typically caused by water falling on disturbed ground which is poorly covered or unvegetated areas. Water can pick up soil particles in these areas and carry them towards water bodies or storm drains.

Suggested Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs

  • Drop Inlet Protection
  • Silt Fence
  • Hay Bales
  • Gravel Construction Entrances
  • Containment Areas for Concrete Equipment Washouts
  • Perimeter Erosion and Sediment Control Practices
  • Protected Material Stockpiles
  • Maintain Control Practices

The Town of Hampden regulates stormwater discharges under different town by-laws. Non-stormwater discharges contain contaminants and supply additional flows to the Town storm drain system. Non storm drain discharges are a major cause of impairment of water quality and water flow (in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, wetlands and groundwater), contamination of drinking water supplies, alteration or destruction of aquatic and wildlife habitat, and flooding. These can be prevented through the use of this by-law.

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Commercial Areas

Runoff of polluted Stormwater can result in major problems. These problems affect animal and plant life and habitat. These can also affect activities such as fishing and swimming.

Oil, debris and sand that accumulate in parking lots can be washed into the storm system and later into natural water reservoirs. This is especially the case after winters where sanding parking lots occurs.

Responsibilities of the commercial owner

  • Clean up debris from driveways, parking lots, etc
  • Cover dumpster and utility storage areas
  • Clean all known spills immediately

The Town of Hampden regulates stormwater discharges under different town by-laws. Non-stormwater discharges contain contaminants and supply additional flows to the Town storm drain system. Non storm drain discharges are a major cause of impairment of water quality and water flow (in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, wetlands and groundwater), contamination of drinking water supplies, alteration or destruction of aquatic and wildlife habitat, and flooding. These can be prevented through the use of this by-law.

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Overview

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Members
Joe Kruzel, Chair
Denise Fiedler
Neil Flynn
Phil Grant
Jean Hall
Bruce Libby
Duane Mosier
Dana Pixley
Karl Sternberg

Links
MA DEP Stormwater Information Page

 EPA Stormwater Information Page