Stormwater Management

Townsend is currently working to implement a 5-year Stormwater Management Plan known as the "Phase II Storm Water Program" as required by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and United States Environmental Protection Agency. Phase II local governments are required to develop and implement a stormwater management program that includes 6 minimum measures:

  1. Public Education and outreach on stormwater impacts
  2. Public involvement and participation
  3. Illicit discharge detection and elimination (IDDE)
  4. Construction site stormwater runoff control
  5. Post construction stormwater management for new development and redevelopment
  6. Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations

6c2008791e4c7308ec74d3751cade73d-812x604Tips and Resources 

Lawn & Yard Care

  • Mulch leaves and grass clippings
  • Reduce the size of your lawn by utilizing decorative rock gardens and natural vegetation 
  • Use organic lawn care products
  • Do not overuse fertilizer
  • Re-plant bare areas to discourage soil erosion

Car Care & Maintenance
  • Recycle motor oil and antifreeze
  • Use commercial car washes that recycle wash water
  • Use low-phosphate detergents when washing your car at home
  • Check for fluid leaks regularly
Think Blue Massachusetts
Think Blue Massachusetts is a statewide educational campaign to help residents and businesses do their part to reduce polluted runoff and keep our state’s lakes, rivers, and streams clean and healthy. Learn more about Think Blue Massachusetts at the following link:

Additional Resources and Bylaws 

Below are links to the Bylaws as well as additional stormwater information for residents and business owners.


If you would like to provide comments relative to the SWMP or other stormwater issues please write to or call 978-597-1700 ext 1722

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