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CZM Coastal Water Quality Program - Stormwater/Nonpoint Pollution

Find stormwater and nonpoint source pollution resources from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM).

CZM's stormwater and nonpoint pollution priorities are discussed below. For a full list of all components of the CZM Coastal Water Quality Program, see Overview and Index.

Program Priorities

  • Coastal Habitat and Water Quality (CHWQ) Grants - These new grants provide financial resources for projects that assess and treat stormwater impacts and support comprehensive habitat restoration planning activities. 
  • Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program - These grants provide funding to municipalities in Massachusetts coastal watersheds to reduce runoff pollution from roads, highways, or parking areas and to install municipal boat pumpout facilities for commercial vessels.
  • Available Funding for Stormwater Projects - This table provides descriptions and links to additional information on federal and state grant and loan programs that fund stormwater and water quality projects in Massachusetts.
  • Stormwater Solutions for Homeowners - Fact sheets for property owners that offer a variety of options to effectively reduce runoff pollution and other stormwater impacts to help protect local waters.
  • Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program - The number one pollution problem in coastal waters, nonpoint source (NPS) pollution occurs when contaminants are picked up by rain water and snow melt and carried over land, in groundwater, or through drainage systems to the nearest waterbody. Since 1994, CZM has been leading efforts to address these sources of pollution in Massachusetts coastal waters.

In addition, CZM has produced a Coastal Landscaping website, which provides information on water quality protection and other benefits, along with detailed information on how to effectively landscape coastal banks, beaches, and dunes.

The CZM Coastal Water Quality Program Publications Page includes an annotated listing of all CZM publications related to coastal water quality, covering the following topic areas: general water quality, the Coastal Pollutant Remediation (CPR) Grant Program, clean boating, marina management, the Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program, stormwater and Low Impact Development/Smart Growth, water quality monitoring, and more.

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