Town of Dedham, MA
Norfolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Dedham as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Sewers — See Ch. 229.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 246.
[Adopted 11-13-2007 STM by Art. 11; amended 11-18-2013 STM by Art. 16]
Increased volumes of stormwater and contaminated stormwater runoff are major causes of: (1) impairment of water quality and flow in lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, wetlands and groundwater; (2) contamination of drinking water supplies; (3) alteration or destruction of aquatic and wildlife habitat; and (4) flooding. The United States Environmental Protection Agency has identified land disturbance and polluted stormwater as major sources of water pollution. Regulation of illicit connections and discharges to the municipal storm drain system is necessary for the protection of the Town of Dedham's water bodies and groundwater, and to safeguard the public health, safety, welfare and the natural resources of the Town.
The objectives of this by-law are:
To prevent pollutants from entering the Town of Dedham's municipal storm drain system;
To prohibit illicit connections and unauthorized discharges to the Town;
To require the removal of all such illicit connections;
To comply with state and federal statutes and regulations relating to stormwater discharges; and
To establish the legal authority to ensure compliance with the provisions of this by-law through inspection, monitoring, and enforcement;
For the purposes of this by-law, the following shall mean:
The Federal Water Pollution Control Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.) as hereafter amended.
The addition from any source of any pollutant or combination of pollutants into the municipal storm drain system or into the waters of the United States or Commonwealth from any source.
Water beneath the surface of the ground.
A surface or subsurface drain or conveyance, which allows an illicit discharge into the municipal storm drain system, including without limitation sewage, process wastewater, or wash water and any connections from indoor drains, sinks, or toilets, regardless of whether said connection was previously allowed, permitted, or approved before the effective date of this by-law.
Direct or indirect discharge to the municipal storm drain system that is not composed entirely of stormwater, except as exempted in § 242-8. The term does not include a discharge in compliance with an NPDES Stormwater Discharge Permit or a Surface Water Discharge Permit, or resulting from fire fighting activities exempted pursuant to § 242-8A(1) of this by-law.
Any material or structure on or above the ground that prevents water infiltrating the underlying soil. Impervious surface includes without limitation roads, paved parking lots, sidewalks, and rooftops.
The system of conveyances designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater, including any road with a drainage system, street, gutter, curb, inlet, piped storm drain, pumping facility, retention or detention basin, natural or man-made or altered drainage channel, reservoir, and other drainage structure that together comprise the storm drainage system owned or operated by the Town of Dedham.
A permit issued by United States Environmental Protection Agency or jointly with the State that authorizes the discharge of pollutants to waters of the United States.
Discharge to the municipal storm drain system not composed entirely of stormwater.
An individual, partnership, association, firm, company, trust, corporation, agency, authority, department or political subdivision of the Commonwealth or the federal government, to the extent permitted by law, and any officer, employee, or agent of such person.
Any element or property of sewage, agricultural, industrial or commercial waste, runoff, leachate, heated effluent, or other matter whether originating at a point or non-point source, that is or may be introduced into any sewage treatment works or waters of the Commonwealth. Pollutants shall include without limitation:
Paints, varnishes, and solvents;
Oil and other automotive fluids;
Non-hazardous liquid and solid wastes and yard wastes;
Refuse, rubbish, garbage, litter, or other discarded or abandoned objects, ordnances, accumulations and floatables;
Pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers;
Hazardous materials and wastes; sewage, fecal coliform and pathogens;
Dissolved and particulate metals;
Animal wastes;
Rock, sand, salt, soils;
Construction wastes and residues; and
And noxious or offensive matter of any kind.
Water which, during manufacturing or processing, comes into direct contact with or results from the production or use of any material, intermediate product, finished product, or waste product.
The process by which groundwater is replenished by precipitation through the percolation of runoff and surface water through the soil.
Runoff from precipitation or snow melt.
A permit issued by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) pursuant to 314 CMR 3.00 that authorizes the discharge of pollutants to waters of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Any material, which because of its quantity, concentration, chemical, corrosive, flammable, reactive, toxic, infectious or radioactive characteristics, either separately or in combination with any substance or substances, constitutes a present or potential threat to human health, safety, welfare, or to the environment. Toxic or hazardous materials include any synthetic organic chemical, petroleum product, heavy metal, radioactive or infectious waste, acid and alkali, and any substance defined as Toxic or Hazardous under G.L. Ch.21C and Ch.21E, and the regulations at 310 CMR 30.000 and 310 CMR 40.0000.
Any sanitary waste, sludge, or septic tank or cesspool overflow, and water that during manufacturing, cleaning or processing, comes into direct contact with or results from the production or use of any raw material, intermediate product, finished product, byproduct or waste product.
A natural or man-made channel through which water flows or a stream of water, including a river, brook or underground stream.
All waters within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth, including, without limitation, rivers, streams, lakes, ponds, springs, impoundments, estuaries, wetlands, costal waters, and groundwater.
This by-law shall apply to flows entering the municipal storm drainage system.
This by-law is adopted under the authority granted by the Home Rule Amendment of the Massachusetts Constitution and the Home Rule Procedures Act, and pursuant to the regulations of the Federal Clean Water Act found at 40 CFR 122.34, and the Phase II ruling from the Environmental Protection Agency found in the December 8, 1999 Federal Register.
The Department of Public Works shall administer, implement and enforce this by-law. Any powers granted to or duties imposed upon the Department of Public Works may be delegated in writing by the Department of Public Works to its employees or agents.
The Department of Public Works may promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of this by-Law. Failure by the Department of Public Works to promulgate such rules and regulations shall not have the effect of suspending or invalidating this by-law.
Prohibited activities are as follows:
Illicit discharges. No person shall dump, discharge, cause or allow to be discharged any pollutant or non-stormwater discharge into the municipal storm drain system, into a watercourse, or into the waters of the Commonwealth.
Illicit connections. No person shall construct, use, allow, maintain or continue any illicit connection to the municipal storm drain system, regardless of whether the connection was permissible under applicable law, regulation or custom at the time of connection.
Obstruction of municipal storm drain system. No person shall obstruct or interfere with the normal flow of stormwater into or out of the municipal storm drain system without prior written approval from the Department of Public Works.
Exemptions from the by-law are as follows:
Discharge or flow resulting from fire fighting activities.
Discharge or flow that results from conditions that require immediate action and occurs during a state of emergency declared by any agency of the Federal or State Government, or by the Dedham Town Manager, Board or Selectmen or Board of Health.
[Amended 11-17-2014 ATM by Art. 18]
The following non-stormwater discharges or flows are exempt from the prohibition of non-stormwater provided that the source is not a significant contributor of a pollutant to the municipal storm drain system:
Waterline flushing;
Flow from potable water sources;
Natural flow from riparian habitats and wetlands;
Diverted stream flow;
Rising groundwater;
Uncontaminated groundwater infiltration as defined in 40 CFR 35.2005(20), or uncontaminated pumped groundwater;
Water from exterior foundation drains, footing drains (not including active groundwater dewatering systems), crawl space pumps, or air conditioning condensation;
Discharge from landscape irrigation or lawn watering;
Water from individual residential car washing;
Discharge from dechlorinated swimming pool water (less than one ppm chlorine) provided test data is submitted to the Town substantiating that the water meets the one ppm standard and the pool is drained in such a way as not to cause a nuisance or public safety issue, and complies with all applicable Town by-laws;
Discharge from street sweeping;
Dye testing;
Non-stormwater discharge permitted under an NPDES permit or a Surface Water Discharge Permit, waiver, or waste discharge order administered under the authority of the United States Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Environmental Protection, provided that the discharge is in full compliance with the requirements of the permit, waiver, or order and applicable laws and regulations; and
Discharge for which advanced written approval is received from the Conservation Commission and the Department of Public Works as necessary to protect public health, safety, welfare or the environment.
The Department of Public Works may suspend municipal storm drain system access to any person or property without prior written notice when such suspension is necessary to stop an actual or threatened discharge of pollutants that presents imminent risk of harm to the public health, safety, welfare or the environment. In the event any person fails to comply with an emergency suspension order, the Department of Public Works may take all reasonable steps to prevent or minimize harm to the public health, safety, welfare or the environment.
Notwithstanding other requirements of local, state or federal law, as soon as a person responsible for a facility or operation, or responsible for emergency response for a facility or operation has information of or suspects a release of materials at that facility or operation resulting in or which may result in discharge of pollutants to the municipal drainage system or waters of the Commonwealth, the person shall take all necessary steps to ensure containment, and cleanup of the release. In the event of a release of oil or hazardous materials, the person shall immediately notify the municipal Fire and Police Departments, the Conservation Commission and the Department of Public Works. In the event of a release of non-hazardous material, the reporting person shall notify the Conservation Commission and the Department of Public Works no later than the next business day. The reporting person shall provide to the Conservation Commission and the Department of Public Works written confirmation of all telephone, facsimile or in-person notifications within three business days thereafter. If the discharge of prohibited materials is from a commercial or industrial facility, the facility owner or operator of the facility shall retain on-site a written record of the discharge and the actions taken to prevent its recurrence. Such records shall be retained for at least three years.
Authorized agents. The Department of Public Works, or an authorized agent of the Department of Public Works, shall enforce this by-law, regulations, orders, violation notices, and enforcement orders, and may pursue all civil and criminal remedies for such violations.
Civil relief. If a person violates the provisions of this by-law, regulations, permit, notice, or order issued thereunder, the Department of Public Works may seek injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction restraining the person from activities which would create further violations or compelling the person to perform abatement or remediation of the violation.
Orders. The Department of Public Works, or an authorized agent of the Department of Public Works, may issue a written order to enforce the provisions of this by-law or the regulations thereunder, which may include: (a) elimination of illicit connections or discharges to the municipal separate storm sewer system; (b) performance of monitoring, analyses, and reporting; (c) that unlawful discharges, practices, or operations shall cease and desist; and (d) remediation of contamination in connection therewith.
If the enforcing person determines that abatement or remediation of contamination is required, the order shall set forth a deadline by which such abatement or remediation must be completed. Said order shall further advise that, should the violator or property owner fail to abate or perform remediation within the specified deadline, the Town of Dedham may, at its option, undertake such work, and expenses thereof shall be charged to the violator.
Within 30 days after completing all measures necessary to abate the violation or to perform remediation, the violator and the property owner will be notified of the costs incurred by the Town, including administrative costs. The violator or property owner may file a written protest objecting to the amount or basis of costs with the Department of Public Works within 30 days of receipt of the notification of the costs incurred. If the amount due is not received by the expiration of the time in which to file a protest or within 30 days following a decision of the Department of Public Works affirming or reducing the costs, or from a final decision of a court of competent jurisdiction, the costs shall become a special assessment against the property owner and shall constitute a lien on the owner's property for the amount of said costs. Interest shall begin to accrue on any unpaid costs at the statutory rate provided in G.L. Ch. 59, S. 57 after the 31st day at which the costs first become due.
Enforcement. The penalty for violations of any provision of this by-law, regulation, order or permit issued thereunder, shall be $300.
Entry to perform duties under this by-law. To the extent permitted by state law, or if authorized by the owner or other party in control of the property, the Department of Public Works, its agents, officers, and employees may enter upon privately owned property for the purpose of performing their duties under this by-law and regulations and may make or cause to be made such examinations, surveys or sampling as the Department of Public Works deems reasonably necessary.
Appeals. The decisions or orders of the Department of Public Works shall be final. Further relief shall be to a court of competent jurisdiction.
Remedies not exclusive. The remedies listed in this by-law are not exclusive of any other remedies available under any applicable federal, state or local law.
The provisions of this by-law are hereby declared to be severable. If any provision, paragraph, sentence, or clause, of this by-law or the application thereof to any person, establishment, or circumstances shall be held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the other provisions or application of this by-law.