In April 2016, the USEPA released a new MS4 General Permit for Massachusetts. Minimum Control Measure 6 (Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention for Permittee Owned Operations) of the 2016 MA-MS4 Permit requires municipalities to develop a written plan that details the operation and maintenance of catch basins, streets and parking lots, catch basin cleanings and street sweepings, winter road maintenance and structural stormwater Best Management practices (BMPs). This document must be in place two (2) years from the effective date of the permit (Due: July 1, 2019).
Under a stormwater technical assistant grant from MassDEP, the CMRSWC, along with the engineering firm Fuss & O’Neill, developed a template for municipalities to use when creating an operation and maintenance (O&M) plan for their stormwater infrastructure. The O&M Plan template addresses the requirements of the 2016 MA-MS4 Permit and can be customized to the specific needs of individual communities. Links to the template (in Microsoft Word and PDF formats) are provided below. This information should be included in or referenced by a municipality’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). Links to the template (in Microsoft Word and PDF formats) are provided below.