Storm Water Program

The 16th Annual Stream Cleanup event scheduled for May 2, 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe and healthy and we hope to see you next year at our Annual Stream Cleanup event.   

The City’s Stormwater Management Program is committed to protecting the health and safety of its citizens and the quality of the surface waters of Maine. Because urban stormwater runoff is a major cause of water quality impairment, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has required Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) to create stormwater regulations and to issue stormwater discharge permits to 28 communities in Maine, including Brewer. There are six other communities in the greater Bangor area that have to have permits to discharge stormwater, including Brewer, Bangor, Hampden, Orono, Old Town, Milford and Veazie. The seven communities created the Bangor Area Stormwater Group as a way to help each other comply with the new regulations. The group meets monthly to discuss what the communities can do together to reduce costs of stormwater management compliance to taxpayers in the seven member group. Find the monthly meeting agenda for the Thursday, September 14, 2017, meeting here.

Bangor Area Stormwater Group meeting minutes and agendas

August 13, 2019
June 13, 2019 DRAFT
June 13, 2019 Agenda
April 11, 2019
April 11, 2019 Agenda
February 14, 2019
February 14, 2019 Agenda
January 10, 2019
January 10, 2019 Agenda
August 9, 2018
August 9, 2018 Agenda
November 8, 2018
November 8, 2018 Agenda
October 11, 2018
October 11, 2018 Agenda
September 13, 2018
September 13, 2018 Agenda
April 6, 2017
March 9, 2017
February 8, 2017
November 16, 2016
November 10, 2016
July 14, 2016
June 9, 2016
May 12, 2016
April 14, 2016
March 10, 2016
February 11, 2016
January 14, 2016

The Maine Department of Environmental Protection has discovered through surveys and focus groups that there is a lack of awareness in Maine that the most significant sources of water quality problems are the result of polluted stormwater runoff from vehicles, driveways, parking lots, pets, lawn care practices, fertilizer and pesticide use, eroding soil and other common residential, commercial and industrial activities.

Under the EPA and MDEP rules, the City of Brewer is responsible for reducing the amount of pollutants washed into local rivers, streams, brooks and wetlands. When it rains, contaminants from residential, commercial, City and industrial properties are collected by the stormwater runoff and flows into the City stormwater collections system. From there, it is conveyed directly to the Penobscot River and discharged without treatment (except for some grit removal in the City’s 1,400 catch basins). As a result, MDEP has required the City to develop, implement and enforce a Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) implementing six minimum controls measures which are designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the greatest extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.

The six minimum control measures included in the SWMP are as follows:

– Public education and outreach on stormwater impacts
– Public involvement and participation
– Illicit discharge detection and elimination
– Construction site stormwater runoff control
– Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
– Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for municipal operations
To learn more about the City’s Stormwater Management Plan, contact the Water Pollution Control Facility at 207.989.5417.