Stormwater Management Program

Milton is an MS4 Community

Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through municipal separate storm sewer systems and discharged, untreated, into local water bodies. An MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System), is a conveyance or system of conveyances owned by a state, city, village of other public entity discharging to waters of the United States, designed or used to collect or convey stormwater, such as storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.  

The Town of Milton is a designated MS4 community, and required to operate and maintain its stormwater conveyance system in accordance with MS4 General Permit 3-9014 from the State of Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

Plugged Pipe

Impacts of Stormwater Runoff

Impervious surfaces such as buildings and parking lots created by land development, causes rainwater and snow-melt to flow quickly over the landscape instead of percolating naturally into the ground. Stormwater can increase flow velocities in local streams, resulting in the potential for flooding, erosion of stream banks, destruction of aquatic habitat, and damage to public and private property. Additionally, as stormwater flows off impermeable surfaces, it picks up pollutants from automobiles, lawn fertilizers, bacteria from pet waste, and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous naturally found in soils. These pollutants can flow directly into local streams and lakes, and have a negative impact on water quality. Such is the case with phosphorous and other contaminants flowing into Lake Champlain.

Ditching on Cadreact Road

The Town of Milton has developed a Stormwater Management Plan, a Stormwater Master Plan, an Illicit Discharge and Stormwater Connection Ordinance, and Department of Public Works Specifications to assist in meeting the requirements of the General Permit. The goal of these efforts is to reduce pollutants from entering our local waterways, including Mallet’s Creek, Allen Brook, the Lamoille River, and Lake Champlain.  

While the efforts taken to mitigate stormwater runoff and contaminants entering waterways meet the requirements of the Town of Milton’s MS4 Permit, they also serve the purpose of the town being a good steward of the local environment, and leaving it in good condition for future generations.

Activities Undertaken in Milton

Some of the actions the Town is taking to mitigate stormwater runoff are:

  • Catch basin and storm drain cleaning town wide
  • Roadway ditching 
  • Rock lining of ditches with steep grades and on hydrologically connected road segments
  • Culvert repair and replacement
  • Street Sweeping
  • Education and outreach activities
  • Mural painting and stenciling of catch basins 
  • Planning efforts for stormwater mitigation projects
  • Review of development projects for stormwater management design
  • Maintaining compliance with state permits
Excavating on Beebe Hill Road

Report Stormwater Problems

To report stormwater problems please use Report a Concern.

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