Stormwater Facts in Upton

Stormwater House DiagramStormwater runoff flows down the street and is collected by catch basins which are connected to the drain system that carries the water to a local waterway, such as Pratt Pond, West River, and other brooks and streams around Town.

stormwater runoff Stormwater flow picks up litter, sand, bacteria, oil, and other chemicals as it flows over the land, which then carries pollutants to Upton's streams, ponds, and wetlands. Runoff from paved surfaces, such as roads, parking lots, and rooftops may contribute pollutants to the stormwater runoff.

Protecting Our Water Sources Through Stormwater Management

The Water and Sewer Division undertakes storm drain maintenance which includes compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. The goals that are set forth in NPDES help to maintain a productive system and improve the quality of water discharged into local rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency has more information about the NPDES program.

Our town is working diligently to protect water quality and the environment by separating pollutants out of stormwater. Upton performs many activities that are critical to keeping stormwater clean:

Street sweepers pick up winter sand and debris so that these pollutants won't be washed into storm drains.

Most catch basins have deep sumps to trap heavy particles that must be cleaned out regularly by our crews to keep the drains clear.

We have established an ongoing maintenance program cleaning brooks and culverts throughout the Town as funding permits.

Communities are now required to comply with federal and state stormwater regulations, and we need your help. Simply by putting fewer pollutants on the land, our stormwater will be cleaner as it flows into our lakes and rivers. You will see the "Stormwater Matters" logo as our community and other cities and towns throughout Massachusetts reach out to residents for help in keeping stormwater clean.

How You Can Help Keep Stormwater Clean

Once per year, the Town conducts a Household Hazardous Waste Day. These events are advertised through local newspapers, cable television, and flyers distributed throughout the town. Advertisements for these hazardous waste days include information regarding the harmful effects of improper disposal of these materials. The collection of used motor oil reduces material that may otherwise be disposed of illegally in the municipal stormwater system via catch basins or other stormwater structures. These efforts will be continued to protect the drainage system from household pollutants.

For additional information, the Blackstone River Watershed Association provides helpful tips for residents who want to improve household stormwater practices.