Stormwater Utility Outreach Program

Protecting water quality is critically important for protecting Cape Cod's public water supplies, swimming beaches, shellfish, aquaculture, and recreational opportunities. Untreated or poorly managed stormwater runoff can be a major contributor to pollution of water bodies. Federal and state water quality standards require communities to treat and manage stormwater, however municipal stormwater management requires investment in trained staff, infrastructure improvements, maintenance, and management systems. Finding the funding to manage stormwater runoff to meet water quality standards is a real challenge for communities. Traditional sources of funding (state and federal grants) are typically not enough to address all of a community's stormwater management needs.

Stormwater utilities are one method of paying for stormwater programs, used in many communities nationwide. APCC received a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) to provide a stormwater financing outreach program for Cape Cod. The program includes free workshops and educational materials concerning stormwater utilities.

Topics covered in workshops include: the definition and purpose of a stormwater utility, how it works, how stormwater financing can help a municipality to meet stormwater regulations, national examples, types of communities that use this approach, how to determine whether a stormwater utility makes sense for your community, integrated water resource utilities, the Massachusetts experience with stormwater utilities, typical municipal stormwater management costs, and how to set up and implement a stormwater utility bylaw. The results of a Cape-wide survey of public works departments to determine their stormwater management needs were presented. Finally the workshops served as a forum to determine interest in a multi-community approach to stormwater financing or stormwater management.

Target audience: Municipal and County departments and boards (e.g., DPW directors, stormwater managers, town engineers, Boards of Selectmen, Town Councils, finance committees, wastewater managers, drinking water managers, Conservation Commissions, planning and health boards, consultants and engineering firms, and environmental organizations. Sponsored by the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, the Massachusetts Bays Program on Cape Cod, Cape Cod Commission's Project Storm, the Massachusetts Coastal Training Program, and the Barnstable County Coastal Resources Committee. Funding is provided by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust's environmental license plate program.

For more information, contact Dr. Jo Ann Muramoto at (508) 362-4226 ext. 16 or

This project is funded by a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (Trust). The Trust is one of the Commonwealth's premier environmental philanthropy organizations and is mainly funded by environmental license plate revenues. All Massachusetts' drivers have a unique opportunity to safeguard the Commonwealth's waterways by selecting a "Preserve the Trust" environmental license plate. These are the only specialty plates that exclusively benefit the environment. Proceeds from the sale of over 50,000 environmental license plates have funded more than $16 million in environmental protection and education projects. From Provincetown to Pittsfield, approximately $1 million in grants is awarded annually to fund a diverse array of environmental efforts.

Please consider purchasing an environmental license plate to support the Trust. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of environmental license plates is donated tax-deductible to the Trust to fund water-focused environmental education and protection programs. Visit the Registry of Motor Vehicles or order a plate online at or visit the Trust website at where you can learn more about the Trust, the programs it supports, and the specialty license plate offerings.

Click HERE to download the Stormwater Financing Workshop's PowerPoint presentation.

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