Stormwater



Stormwater - Why should we care?


The rivers and streams of Hanover are nature's natural drainage system.  All precipitation falling from the sky is either absorbed into the ground or runs into a river or stream, eventually ending up in the Drinkwater River, Indian Head River, Third Herring Brook, North River, and ultimately flowing out to sea.  Man made development impacts these rivers and streams, causing stormwater to flow more rapidly into the rivers and streams than nature intended.  This rapid flow picks up contaminants that impact the natural ecosystems as well as the Town's drinking water.  We rely upon nature for our very survival.  In order to preserve the delicate balance of these fragile ecosystems,  we all need to do our part to minimize man's impact on the natural order.  


Stormwater - Description


As an operator of a municipally separate storm sewer system (MS4), the Town of Hanover has both a moral and a legal obligation under the Federal Clean Water Act to control the quantity of pollutants and quality of stormwater being discharged into the rivers and streams from our catch basins.  The drainage systems in neighborhoods are designed to treat the stormwater as best they can before discharging the water to the streams.  In the neighborhoods built since the 1980's, there are often large man-made retention ponds that are designed to both control the rate of flow of the discharge as well as separate out solids that may have been washed into the drainage system.  This is just one way that we are doing our part to minimize man's impact on the environment as a result of  development.  In fact, we have a comprehensive stormwater management program with many best management practices (BMP's), all of which are designed to incrementally imnprove the rivers and streams.  One component of our plan is to partner with the local watershed association, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association (NSRWA), to help advance the goal of cleaner rivers and streams.  The NSRWA generated the graphics on this page to help us explain the impact of man on stormwater.  These graphics were part of a flyer that is in the process of being mailed as a bill stuffer with Hanover's water bills.



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While the Town has a specific ongoing program for stormwater management,  we encourge everyone living, working, or travelling through Hanover to do your part to minimize your personal impact on the environment.  It isn't hard. Collectively, little changes in our daily habits and lifestyles will have major positive impacts on the environment.  Only by working together will we sustain a healthy environment for generations to come.  It is important both for our survival and for an overall improvement to our quality of life.

For more infomation on the programs of our partner, the North and South Rivers Watershed Association, please click on the following link:  www.nsrwa.org

To see what the Town of Hanover has done over the past few years to improve the quality of our stormwater discharges, please click on our annual stormwater reports listed below.  



2004 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report

 
2005 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2006 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2007 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2008 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2009 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2010 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2011 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2012 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2013 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2014 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2015 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report
 
2016 Town of Hanover NPDES Stormwater Report