Stormwater Management Program
The Town of Burlington has a municipal separate storm sewer system Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) for catching and conveying stormwater runoff from rainwater, snow, and ice melt from pavement and other surfaces. The runoff discharges directly to local streams, rivers, and other water bodies. This MS4 system and the stormwater that enters it is regulated under the Clean Water Act, specifically the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The Town's NPDES MS4 permit is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
The Town's Stormwater Management Program is in place to meet permit requirements and prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into the MS4. Measures include:
- Construction site stormwater runoff control
- Good housekeeping in municipal operations
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Pollution prevention
- Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
- Public education and outreach
- Public involvement and participation
Stormwater Management Plan
The Town has drafted a comprehensive written Stormwater Management Plan (PDF), which may be downloaded for review or a paper copy may be obtained from the Conservation Department.
Residents, businesses, developers, and other members of the public are encouraged to review our efforts and the Stormwater Management Plan and provide any input or recommendations to the Town. Please send comments by email to the Conservation Department.
Public Education & Outreach
- Anti-Icing and Salt Strategies Brochure - Commercial (PDF)
- Anti-icing and salt strategies D2
- Good Management Industrial Activities Brochure - Industrial (PDF)
- Scoop the Poop Posters at Parks - Residents (PDF)
- Social Media Clean Water Tips - Everyone (JPG)
- Stormwater Display in Library - Residents (JPG)
- Stormwater pollution prevention brochure 2020
- Swimming Pool Drainage Brochure - Residents (PDF)
- Catch Basin Cleaning Optimization Plan (PDF)
- Operations and Maintenance Procedures for Parks and Open Space (PDF)
- Operations and Maintenance Procedures for Stormwater Treatment Structures (PDF)
- Operations and Maintenance Burlington Facilities 2021 update
- Operations and Maintenance Procedures for Vehicles and Equipment (PDF)
- Standard Operating Procedures for Street Sweeping (PDF)
- Standard Operating Procedures for Winter Road Maintenance (PDF)
- Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) for the Burlington Salt Shed (PDF)
A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) will be developed for the new Department of Public Works (DPW) / Recreation Department building at 1-3 Great Meadow Road that will become operational in 2023.
Stormwater Testing & Public Awareness
Burlington summer interns help map the stormwater system and sample and test stormwater. You may have seen them around town with their distinctive fluorescent vests and sampling equipment.
They also attach markers on storm drains that read "Don't Dump, Drains to Wetlands" to increase public awareness that storms drains discharge directly into our wetlands and streams.