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Town of Falmouth, Maine
271 Falmouth Road
Falmouth, ME 04105
town@town.falmouth.me.us
(207) 781-5253

 
Stormwater Information
Highland Lake No Longer an Impaired Waterbody:

After more than a decade of conservation work, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) has removed Highland Lake in Falmouth and Windham from the State’s impaired waters list.  For more information, visit the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual report at:



Stormwater Pollution
Stormwater pollution is one of the leading causes of water quality problems in the State of Maine.  Stormwater is rain or snowmelt that does not soak into the ground. When it runs off our lawns, driveways, parking lots, and roads, it picks up pollutants such as gas and oil, excess fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, litter, and even food products that have been spilled on the ground.  Stormwater carries these untreated pollutants into drainage systems, watercourses, brooks and streams.  These eventually discharge into waterbodies such as Highland Lake, the Piscataqua River, the Presumpscot River, and Casco Bay.  The Town of Falmouth is working to prevent stormwater pollution.

Stormwater Management
The Town of Falmouth has prepared a 5-year plan to protect stormwater from becoming polluted.  Every year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection requires that the Town report their progress in implementing the plan, and update the plan to better protect stormwater.  To view the Stormwater Program Management Plan, click here.  

The Town of Falmouth has also enacted an ordinance prohibiting the discharge of non-stormwater items into the storm drain system.  The ordinance says if it’s not stormwater, don’t dump it down the drain!

The Town of Falmouth requires stormwater management for new development.  
The Town also inspects construction sites to ensure compliance with local and state codes.

Falmouth is also involved in regional efforts through the “Interlocal Stormwater Work Group” (ISWG).  For more info, click here: http://www.cumberlandswcd.org/stormwater/index.htm

How can you help?
Click here for tips on managing and maintaining your shoreline property.
Stormwater Pollution can be prevented if we all pitch in!
Here are some helpful resources on how you can help:

Diagram of Stormwater run-off
picture of stormwater drain
Picture of outflow pipe
Link to Think Blue Maine website


Link to Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District website

Link to Yardscape website





Link to Green Values Stormwater Toolbox website
        

Link to Bureau of Local and Water Quality website

Link to Casco Bay Estuary Partnership website

If you have questions, comments, or concerns regarding stormwater pollution or suspect an illicit discharge into the storm drain system, please call Public Works at 781-3919.


 

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