In a natural woodland or meadow, very little rainfall runs off. During development, natural vegetation is usually removed and replaced with hard impervious surfaces such as roads, buildings and parking areas. This land surface change decreases infiltration, groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration; increases runoff and carries excess nutrients, sediment and other contaminants into our streams, rivers and lakes. It is imperative that we protect our natural resources and especially our fresh water.
In order to protect citizens, property and natural resources from poorly managed stormwater runoff, state and federal regulatory agencies now require local jurisdictions to better manage both quantity and quality of stormwater runoff from construction sites as well as on a regional or watershed basis.
As a means to comply with these new regulatory mandates, many local jurisdictions are imposing stormwater utility fees based on existing or proposed impervious surface areas of properties. Typically such fees can be reduced or averted if on-site low impact development best management practices are properly implemented.
How can property owners minimize long term costs associated with stormwater utility fees?
What are the best ways to comply with stormwater runoff QUANTITY and QUALITY regulations?
What are the most cost effective and sustainable practices to manage stormwater
Generally describes new stormwater regulations and various best management practices (BMP);
Shows how to utilize permeable paving to be an extremely effective low impact development BMP;
Explains how properties can be developed and maintained sustainable to achieve the triple bottom line.
Understand stormwater management requirements and utility fees
Recognize various BMP types and application
Identify permeable paving benefits
Recognize permeable paving design options
Evaluate stormwater management cost impacts
How you can achieve the Triple Bottom Line, economically, socially & environmentally that promotes the health, welfare and safety of the community
Location: The Sustainability Hub is located at 912 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01610. Parking is available across the street from the Sustainability Hub, and please be sure to place the attached Parking Pass in your front windshield. As a safety precaution please use the painted crosswalk to access the Sustainability Hub. Further street parking can befound on Hawthorne Street and Main Street.