Stormwater Management for Low Impact Development

October 19, 2011

Proper stormwater management and low impact development approaches can help to improve and protect water quality in Cape Cod's streams, ponds, bays, and shellfish beds. On October 19, 2011, APCC hosted a half-day workshop on methods of managing stormwater to promote low impact development. The workshop was held from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve located at 149 Waquoit Highway, Waquoit, MA 02536.

Low Impact Development, or LID, is a new approach to urban planning which emphasizes the use of techniques that reduce water pollution and protect the natural landscape. This workshop described practical actions for reducing pollutant loads and installing stormwater retrofits to existing properties to better manage stormwater and reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on our water resources.

Workshop instructors included stormwater professionals from Horsley Witten Group, Inc. In addition, Mr. Donald Liptack, District Conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on Cape Cod, described the stormwater projects being conducted under the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project, a Cape-wide restoration program to protect and restore shellfish beds, salt marshes and fish runs.

The workshop was aimed at municipal officials, stormwater managers, residents and the general public

"Whether it's protecting local water supplies, meeting federal permit requirements or promoting sustainable development, many Massachusetts towns are looking for ways to improve how they manage stormwater," said Mass DEP Commissioner Kenneth Kimmell. These workshops are one more way that Mass DEP is helping communities take specific actions that will reduce water pollution.

This workshop is part of the Massachusetts Statewide Stormwater Management Seminar Series, which provides free outreach seminars on stormwater topics. The series is funded by a MassDEP 319 Nonpoint Source Pollution Competitive Grant Program to the firms of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc., in collaboration with the Center for Watershed Protection, the Horsley Witten Group, and Stacey DePasquale Engineering.

Stormwater is a major problem in New England, which contributes to closures of beaches and shellfish beds, rampant weed growth in lakes and algae blooms. We can't clean up New England's water without addressing stormwater, said Curt Spalding, Regional Administrator of the US EPA's New England office. These workshops will give municipal leaders and environmental organizations information about ways to stop stormwater from harming their local waterways.

For more information, contact Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto at

Click HERE to download the Stormwater LID Workshop's PowerPoint presentations.

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