Did you know that stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water quality problems in the State of Maine?
Stormwater is rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground, and when it runs off our lawns, driveways, parking lots, and roads it picks up pollutants such as gas and oil, excess fertilizer and pesticides, as well as pet waste, litter, and even food products that have been spilled on the ground. Stormwater carries these pollutants, untreated, into Casco Bay.
The Town of Cumberland is subject to the ‘General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems’ which was issued by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) on July 1, 2013. This General Permit authorizes the direct discharge of stormwater from or associated with a regulated small municipal separate storm sewer system ("MS4") to another MS4 or to waters of the State other than groundwater. This permit ensures that the Town fully complies with 6 ‘minimum control measures ‘ designed to keep our stormwater clean.