Stormwater run-off is a big problem in many areas. This dirty water that washes over streets, parking lots, and roofs often goes into nearby streams without any treatment or opportunity to soak into the soil. Fixing the problem is a big job and is one that many municipalities are not addressing proactively.
In 2015, the Lamprey River Watershed Association applied for and won a Small Grant to work with two Wild and Scenic towns to locate and plan for a simple pilot project, such as a rain garden, that would help reduce the amount of stormwater that is discharged untreated into the Lamprey. What started out as a seemingly straight-forward, simple task quickly became a much larger project that goes beyond what a Small Grant can accomplish.
The project as a whole was not feasible, but much was learned along the way. Click on report for a primer on municipal stormwater issues and lessons learned. Click on Appendix A for more specific Lamprey River municipal stormwater maps and rules. Click on Appendix B for more information and links to municipal stormwater management.