Author: Amanda Ryan

Monitoring requirement for bacteria impaired waters

First, a very quick summary of the impaired waters monitoring program: One MS4 monitoring requirement is that MS4s conduct wet weather monitoring of all outfalls that discharge directly to stormwater impaired waterbodies which can be impaired by bacteria, nitrogen, phosphorus, or other pollutant of concern. Impaired waterbodies can be seen on the MS4 map viewer: […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]