The City of Chicopee currently maintains combined sewers as well as separate sewer and stormwater systems. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) is regulated by the EPA under permit #MA041003. Protecting the quality of Chicopee's water resources, including ponds, rivers, and wetlands, is a priority for the City. Chicopee has developed stormwater policy initiatives, provided education to businesses and citizens, publicly discussed the issues related to stormwater runoff, and offered opportunities for residents and businesses to pitch in with clean-up efforts.
In an ongoing effort to minimize stormwater impacts within Chicopee, the City has developed a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP). The SWMP is required by the EPA's Natinal Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) general permits for stormwater discharges from MS4s in Massachusetts. The SWMP describes and details the activities and measures that will be implemented by the City to meet the terms and conditions of the permit.
The SWMP will be updated and/or modified during the permit term as the City's activities are modified, updated, or changed to meet permit conditions.
The Think Blue Connecticut River website was developed by the Connecticut River Stormwater Coalition, of which the City of Chicopee is a proud member and contributor. It has stormwater information and ideas for residents, businesses, institutions, developers, industries, and educators.