The Town of Medway, MA, situated near the headwaters of the Charles River, is grappling with its contribution of pollutants to this impaired waterway. They are subject to a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for stormwater discharges, and are a member community of the Charles River Water Pollution Control Facility, which is also subject to effluent limits under its NPDES permit. The Town seeks to evaluate its water resources management options in a holistic manner through an integrated plan.
The Town has begun extensive mapping of the storm drain system and used its planning approach as the basis for obtaining a $100,000 grant to assess a sustainable potable water program to complement its stormwater and wastewater strategies. The Town has also begun an analysis of the means to establish a stormwater utility that can provide a dedicated revenue source for long-term water quality protection.