NOTE: On August 14, 2017, MassDEP issued a determination to revise the schedule for compliance with the 2016 MS4 permit, in light of EPA Region 1's decision to postpone the effective date of the permit.
On April 13, 2016, EPA and MassDEP co-issued the new MS4 permit. The effective date is July 1, 2017. Towns subject to the permit must file for coverage by September 29, 2017.
The permit, maps for each town, permit history, compliance tools, and permit contact information are available here:
The MS4 permit requires each town to implement a public education and outreach program that reaches four different audiences and that includes messages that are most relevant to that community. Towns can click on the links below to download - and save - brochures, pamphlets and other materials and use those to help comply with Section 2.3.2.c of the MS4 permit.
GUIDANCE FOR USING THESE DOCUMENTS: Permission has been granted by the authors to copy and redistribute any of these documents as long as the author’s information is left as is on the document. With a few exceptions, towns can also customize the document to add their name and contact information. With your word processor use the “Save As” command to save the document; then you can make your edits. Depending on the document, edits can range from simply filling in the “Distributed By” box with your town’s contact information to changing anything in the document. Please call DEP’s dedicated MS4 staff at 617-292-5821 if you have any questions.
MassDEP and EPA encourage you to work with other towns, community groups, watershed associations or Stormwater Coalitions as you implement your Public Education program.
Better Stormwater Management
Better Lawn Care and Reduced Use of Herbicides/Pesticides
Infiltrating Stormwater in your own Yard
MassDCR: Raingardens file size 1MB
Proper Management of Pet Waste
Common and Effective Construction BMPs
How Low-Impact Development (LID) Principles and Technologies Reduce Development Cost