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Stormwater where it goes

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is the water that comes from rain or snowmelt and flows over the ground instead of soaking into the soil. When it rains, water collects on rooftops, roads, driveways, and other surfaces, forming puddles or flowing into gutters and storm drains. This water then travels through a system of pipes and ditches, eventually reaching streams, rivers, and other water bodies.

Stormwater is essential for the environment because it helps replenish our water sources, like rivers and lakes. However, it can also cause problems if not managed properly. When stormwater flows over surfaces like roads, it can pick up pollutants like oil, trash, and chemicals. This polluted stormwater can then end up in our waterways, harming fish and other aquatic life and making the water unsafe for recreational activities.

  1. To keep our water clean and protect the environment, it's essential for everyone to be mindful of how we manage stormwater. Here are some simple steps residents can take:
  2. Keep it Clean: Make sure to properly dispose of trash, pet waste, and chemicals. Never pour anything harmful into storm drains.
  3. Reduce Pollution: Use eco-friendly products, and avoid excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn.
  4. Maintain Your Yard: Regularly clean your yard of leaves and debris to prevent them from entering storm drains.
  5. Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens: Consider using rain barrels to collect rainwater for gardening and installing rain gardens to help soak up excess water.
  6. Smart Landscaping: Plant native vegetation that can absorb rainwater and reduce runoff.
  7. Report Issues: If you notice any pollution or clogging in storm drains, report it to your local authorities.

Remember, even small actions by each resident can make a big difference in keeping our waterways clean and protecting the environment for everyone to enjoy!

Stormwater Regulations and Stormwater Design Standards and Details

The Town of Concord Stormwater Regulations and Public Works Design Standards and Details were adopted by the Public Works Commission in a hearing March 15, 2011 consistent with the requirements of MGL Chapter 83 Section 10. The standards and regulations clarify stormwater management plan and erosion control plan submittal requirements for projects requiring technical stormwater review by Town staff through existing Town Board and Commission permit processes or projects not requiring board or commission permits, but disturbing 1 or more acres of land.

Any questions on the standards or details of the NPDES Phase II Stormwater Program can be directed to Concord Public Works Engineering Division at 978-318-3210.

Stormwater Design Standards and Details

Erosion and Sedimentation Control Standards and Details

Concord Stormwater Regulations


Car Care & Maintenance

  • Recycle motor oil and antifreeze
  • Use commercial car washes that recycle wash water
  • Use low-phosphate detergents when washing your car at home
  • Check for fluid leaks regularly

Lawn & Yard Care

  • Mulch leaves and grass clippings
  • Reduce the size of your lawn by utilizing decorative rock gardens and natural vegetation 
  • Use organic lawn care products
  • Do not overuse fertilizer
  • Re-plant bare areas to discourage soil erosion