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Stormwater Permit Addresses Water Quality in Boston-area River Watersheds

What does this upcoming stormwater permit address?

A new industrial stormwater permit that will address currently unregulated sources of stormwater pollution in the Charles, Mystic, and Neponset River watersheds.

Why is EPA taking action?

According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency is looking to improve water quality throughout the watersheds, as well as reduce localized flooding and increase recreational opportunities through healthier river systems in historically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Who will need to register for this new permit?

As with most stormwater permits, applicability is determined by area of impervious cover as well as Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code. EPA has stated certain commercial, industrial, and institutional properties with one or more acres of impervious area will be required to obtain coverage under this permit. More information will need to be provided from the agency to determine which SIC Codes will be applicable. Tighe & Bond will follow up with more information as it becomes available.

What changes may the permit holder be expected to make to remain in compliance?

As this new permit will require changes for previously unregulated sources, permittees will need to meet several new requirements, including stormwater sampling and reporting, site inspections, annual filing, and the development of a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP). The EPA has stated that it will likely rely on implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as leaf litter pickup, parking lot sweeping, installing rain gardens or other infiltration practices, planting trees, reducing pavement, or utilizing pervious pavement.

What is the timeline for the implementation of this new permit?

A definitive date for the rollout of the permit has not been determined at this time.

What resources are available to track the rollout of this new permit?

EPA provides notices and news releases on their website. Additionally, experts from Tighe & Bond post regulatory updates to the company website and LinkedIn.