The Stormwater Program works toward protecting and restoring surface and groundwater impacted by stormwater flows. Stormwater runoff from developed areas in watersheds carries pollutants, and affects the rates and volumes of flows in natural waterbodies in ways that can cause damage. Everyone has a role in reducing impacts from stormwater runoff, from the large developer constructing a new parking lot, to the homeowner using good erosion control methods and handling chemicals carefully around the house.
The Maine Stormwater Program includes the regulation of stormwater under three core laws:
- Site Location of Development Law (Site Law) forms, contacts, rules, etc.
- Stormwater Management Law forms, contacts, rules, etc.
- Waste Discharge Law (MEPDES, including stormwater general permits) forms, contacts, rules, etc.
Aspects of stormwater are also addressed under industry specific laws such as the borrow pit and solid waste laws, and the rules administered by the Land Use Planning Commission.