News

  • New option for taking nitrogen samples
    There wasn’t a cheap and simple way to take field measurements of Total Nitrogen (TN).  Samples had to be sent to a lab – until now! To help reduce water quality testing costs, CT DEEP agreed to allow MS4 communities to use less expensive field tests for nitrate and ammonia to estimate Total Nitrogen.  If […]
    Posted on January 23, 2020
  • Stormwater System Mapping Template Stormwater System Mapping Template
    A new tool is available to make it easier for communities to create or enhance a map of their stormwater system. The CT GIS Network‘s Standards Committee has collaborated with the CT Department of Transportation (CTDOT) to develop a Stormwater System Mapping Template. The template provides a framework for mapping everything from your catch basins […]
    Posted on September 4, 2019
  • New interactive online CT Stormwater Quality Manual
    There’s a new way to use the 2004 CT Stormwater Quality Manual and its LID Amendment.  There’s now an online version making it easier to find the content you’re looking for and search the manual for a particular topic.  There are also hyperlinks added wherever another document or link (if it still exists since the […]
    Posted on July 26, 2019
  • Monitoring workshop coming up on Thursday, June 20th!
    NEMO is offering an MS4 Monitoring workshop at Milford City Hall on June 20th. This is a free half-day workshop from 9am – noon. We’ll cover MS4 water quality monitoring requirements, how to collect samples, types of equipment that can be used and strategies for meeting these requirements for both smaller and larger municipalities and […]
    Posted on May 28, 2019
  • CT DOT holding public meetings on their new MS4 permit
    The Connecticut Department of Transportation is holding a series of public meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to learn about the Department’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program. On July 1, 2019, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (the Department) will begin operating under the “General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from […]
    Posted on April 15, 2019
  • CT’s First Stormwater Utility!
    Earlier this summer, New London became the first municipality in Connecticut to establish a stormwater utility which goes into effect January 1, 2019.  This means they will begin charging all property owners a fee for their contribution to the city’s stormwater runoff.  Previously, New London relied on property taxes to fund maintenance of their stormwater […]
    Posted on October 5, 2018
  • Mapping workshop coming up October 19th
    We’re holding an MS4 mapping workshop on October 19th, 2018 at Rocky Hill Town Hall. Presentations begin at 9am and we expect to wrap up no later than 3pm. Registration is available here. CLEAR staff will cover a range of MS4 mapping topics including options for mapping your stormwater system, tracking impervious cover disconnections, and […]
    Posted on September 13, 2018
  • Algal bloom season is just around the corner Algal bloom season is just around the corner
    Many CT municipalities see algae blooms occur in their lakes and ponds beginning around mid-summer each year.  The warmer water temperatures help foster favorable conditions for excessive algae (and cyanobacteria) to grow.  But water temperature alone does not cause these blooms to form, it’s the additional nutrients that end up in our waterbodies when stormwater […]
    Posted on July 3, 2018
  • Questions about the Annual Report? Watch this video. Questions about the Annual Report? Watch this video.
    In response to some common questions about the first Annual Report under the new MS4 permit, there's a new and short video that explains: the Annual Report submission process, where to find the template, and what needs to be included in your report this year.
    Posted on January 31, 2018
  • Annual Report templates are here! Annual Report templates are here!
    There are two versions of the Annual Report template: one for existing 2004 MS4 permittees and another for new 2017 MS4 permittees. They are nearly identical – the biggest difference is that the due dates for many BMPs are later for new permittees. DEEP  strongly encourages using these templates but they’ll accept other formats that […]
    Posted on January 2, 2018