Discharges to the Municipal Storm Drain System

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In accordance with the Town of Groveland's General Bylaws Chapter 15, section 7, the Town's MS4 Stormwater Management Permit, and the Federal Water Pollution Contract Act (33 U.S.C. § 1251 et seq.) the following are prohibited and the Town of Groveland will be taking the appropriate action for anyone violating these regulations. 

Illicit Discharges. No person shall dump, discharge, cause or allow to be discharged any pollutant or non-stormwater discharge into the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), 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.

Pumping of Water.  No person, owner of property, or person controlling property shall discharge or permit to be discharged into the Town’s stormwater drainage system, including catch basins, leaching basins, manholes, outfalls, or pipes, or upon any street, court, lane, public roadway, or roadway to which the public has a right to use, any water by pumped means so as to create a nuisance or safety hazard.


Criminal Penalty.  Any person who violates any provision of this bylaw, regulation, order or permit issued thereunder, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100. Each day or part thereof that such violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense. 

Non-Criminal Disposition.  As an alternative to criminal prosecution or civil action, the Town of Groveland may elect to utilize the non-criminal disposition procedure set forth in G.L. Ch. 40, §21D.  The penalty for the 1st violation shall be $100. The penalty for the 2nd violation shall be $200. The penalty for the 3rd violation shall be $300 each day or part thereof that such violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.  The Town of Groveland may also impose additional penalties for reimbursement of labor and/or materials used to temporarily remedy the violation.