General Information

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground.

As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants.  These materials are then transported to nearby streams and rivers, causing water quality issues that affect us all. 

Best Management Practices
The primary method to control stormwater discharges is the use of Best Management Practices (BMPs).

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Environmental Resource Center for Higher Education:

Stormwater regulations and guidelines exist under federal, state and sometimes local authorities.  Typically discharges are organized by: 1) municipal, 2) construction activities, and 3) industrial activities.

Federal – US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Federal – US EPA New England - Stormwater Program

Federal – US EPA - 2008 Construction General Permit

State (Proposed under 314 CMR 21.00: Stormwater Management) – Department of Environmental Protection


EPA Flowchart - Do I Need Permit Coverage for my Construction Actitivies?
EPA FAQ - Stormwater Basics for Construction Activities


Wellesley College Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan for Construction Activities

Appendix A:   Project Plans & Maps – contact EHS Office
Appendix B:   Construction General Permit
Appendix C:   Contractor Certification – Example Form
Appendix D:   Notice of Intent – contact EHS Office
Appendix E:   Inspection Report Form
  Stabilization Schedule
  Corrective Action Log
  Training Log
  SWPPP Modification Form
Appendix F:   Emergency Contact Information
  Spill Report Form
Appendix G:   Construction Site Notice
Appendix H: TMDL Documentation
  Endangered Species Documentation
Appendix I:  Completed Forms and Maps – contact EHS Office