Stormwater Management

Overview

Stormwater is water which runs off of impervious surfaces such as parking lots, roof tops, driveways and roadways during and after a storm. In many areas of Amherst stormwater enters into the town stormwater system consisting of the catch basins, pipes, culverts, and outfalls that carry the water to a discharge point. This system is maintained by the Amherst Department of Public Works. 

Beginning in 2019, the Town will be working to implement a Stormwater Management Program designed by the Department of Public Works to meet requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Phase II MS4 General Permit. Unlike some neighboring communities who began the MS4 permitting process in 2003, Amherst has only been required to comply more recently under the EPA’s 2016 MS4 general permit.

-3450859156899003265Beth Willson, Amherst's Environmental Scientist, talks about stormwater with some young residents at the Source to Sea Cleanup event at Groff Park (Oct. 2019).


Public Review of Stormwater Management Program

In accordance with the 2016 Phase II MS4 General Permit, the Town’s posting the current Stormwater Management Program below for public review. Click here for the Amherst Stormwater Management Program

Annual Reports

The Town of Amherst recently submitted it's Year 1 Annual Report covering reporting period: May 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Click here for the Year 1 Annual Report. The report summarizes how the permit requirements were met during the reporting period, and describes the Town's efforts toward stormwater management.  

As the program is developed more information regarding public participation will be posted on this webpage.