NPDES Permitting Assistance and Stormwater Bylaw Development, Annual Reporting and Peer Reviews
For over a decade, Weston & Sampson has been assisting the Town of Salisbury to comply with their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s). Our stormwater services have ranged from the development of public education materials, to Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) bylaw enhancements, to preparation of annual reports, and peer reviews of many projects before the Planning Board and Conservation Commission.
Weston & Sampson assisted in the review and development of regulatory mechanisms to require stormwater controls for development and redevelopment. Weston & Sampson performed a review of existing state and local laws, bylaws, and regulations, including the town’s General and Zoning Bylaws, as well as special bylaw sections. We facilitated a series of meetings with representatives from various town Departments and Boards, as well as the general public, to discuss existing permit requirements and regulatory mechanisms, and solicit input from these stakeholders.
After our review of the town’s existing mechanisms and collection of comments from stakeholders, Weston & Sampson recommended a set of revisions to the town’s existing bylaws and regulations that would meet the following goals:
- Address all critical components of a typical stand-alone stormwater bylaw
- Identify methods to integrate requirements into other town bylaws/regulation, and provide appropriate reference to applicable state and federal regulations
- Detect barriers in existing regulatory mechanisms to desired stormwater management and LID techniques
All of the changes have not been enacted, and they are reviewed annually.