The City of Haverhill owns and operates a system for the collection and transport of stormwater in the City. The stormwater system collects stormwater runoff (rain and snowmelt) and discharges it into receiving waters around the city. This stormwater web site offers the reader useful links to other web sites; details Haverhill’s current SWMP plans, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and updates to these plans; and will be used as a Best Management Practice (BMP) for Public Education and Outreach.
Approximately 70% of Haverhill is served by separate storm drains. The remainder of Boston is served by combined sewers, sanitary sewers only or is open space with no sewers or storm drains.
Discharges to the City of Haverhill’s separate storm drainage system are regulated under U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Permit Regulations. The City of Haverhill’s NPDES Stormwater Permit became effective on July 1, 2018. In Massachusetts, permits are issued jointly by EPA and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP).
Haverhill Stormwater Management Plan
The SWMP describes and details the activities and measures that will be implemented by the City to meet the terms and conditions of the NPDES Stormwater Permit. To meet the “maximum extent practicable” standard in the NPDES Stormwater Permit, the City must develop and implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) for the following six minimum control measures:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Click here for the City's Stormwater Management Plan
- Click here for Stormwater Brochure
- Click here for Stormwater-Smart Lawn Care Brochure
- Click here for ThinkBlue Massachusetts stormwater outreach campaign
- Public Participation/Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (Click here for IDDE Priority List)
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post-construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations
- Catch Basin Inspection and Cleaning Optimization
- Municipal Stormwater Infrastructure O&M
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Inspection Form
- Operations and Maintenance of Municipal Buildings and Facilities
- Operations and Maintenance of Parks and Open Spaces
- Operations and Maintenance of Municipal Vehicles and Equipment
For more information or reporting of illicit discharges to the stormwater system, please call (978) 374-2334 or email firstname.lastname@example.org