About Nonpoint Source Pollution

The Clean Water Toolkit - NPS Management Manual

  • The Clean Water Toolkit - February 2006

    Also known as the Massachusetts Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Manual, the Toolkit is in interactive electronic PDF format. It includes information about nonpoint source pollution, a selector tool for choosing appropriate best management practices by criteria and alphabetically, and instructions. The Toolkit is accessible on the Web or as a CD ROM.

Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plans

  • Watershed Based Plan Information

    The purpose of a Massachusetts Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) is to organize information about Massachusetts's watersheds, and present it in a format that will enhance the development and implementation of projects that will restore water quality and beneficial uses in the Commonwealth.

US EPA's National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices

  • EPA fact sheets about additional Best Management Practices (BMPs) that were not included in the Clean Water Toolkit. These BMPs are equally effective for treatment and mitigation of point source or nonpoint source pollution.

  • Best Management Practices (BMP's)

    EPA's resources for Stormwater BMPs.

  • Compost Blankets links to PDF file

    Best Management Practice for construction-site stormwater-runoff control. A compost blanket is a layer of loosely applied composted material placed on the soil in disturbed areas to reduce stormwater runoff and erosion.

  • Compost Filter Berms

    Best Management Practice for construction-site stormwater-runoff control. A compost filter berm is a dike of compost placed perpendicular to sheet-flow runoff to control erosion in disturbed areas and retain sediment.

  • Compost Filter Socks

    Best Management Practice for construction-site stormwater-runoff control.  A compost filter sock is a type of contained compost filter berm.

  • Low Impact Development

    Best Management Practice for post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment.  Low-Impact Development seeks to control stormwater at its source through the use of green roofs, rain gardens, and other natural methods to absorb stormwater and prevent runoff.

  • Porous Pavement

    Best Management Practice for post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment. Porous pavement is an asphalt mix with sand that allows water to drain through it.

Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Plan

Education in Pollution Prevention

Water Quality Regulations

Stormwater Policies & Guidance

Related Links & Additional Resources

  • Grants & Financial Assistance: Watersheds & Water Quality
    Grant program guides and other information about Section 319 Nonpoint Source Grants (prevention, control, and abatement of nonpoint source pollution) and Section 604 Water Quality Management Planning (water quality assessment and management planning), and summaries of projects from past years.
  • CommBUYS
    The Commonwealth's online procurement site. 
  • DCR - Massachusetts Lakes & Ponds Guide

    A publication of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, designed to educate the public about lake ecology and watershed protection.

  • EEA Low Impact Development (LID)

    Resources and case studies about LID, from the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs.

  • Massachusetts Dairy Farm Milkhouse Wastewater Pilot Program

    Pilot program that allows dairy farms to discharge wastewater from processing dairy products (such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt) to vegetated areas where plants will treat the wastewater before it reaches ground water.

  • Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources

    The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources is to ensure the long-term viability of agriculture in Massachusetts, promoting economically and environmentally sound food safety and animal health measures, and fulfill the role of agriculture in energy conservation and production.

  • US EPA: Clean Water Act Section 319

    Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act provides funds to support technical and financial assistance, education, training, outreach, and monitoring to reduce nonpoint source pollution.

  • Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

    Overview and explanation of TMDLs, Integrated Lists of Waters (submitted every two years to EPA), and TMDL reports from Massachusetts watersheds.

  • Stormwater and Nonpoint Source Pollution

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection stormwater homepage.

  • Stormwater Technologies Clearinghouse

    Information about stormwater Best Management Practices, hosted by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

  • UNH Stormwater Center

    A research, testing, and educational facility serving as a technical resource for managers, planners, and design engineers in New England and throughout the United States.

  • Water Quality Assessments

    Detailed reports on the ecological condition of Massachusetts watersheds, drawn from comprehensive monitoring conducted over multi-year periods.