Storm Water falls from the sky as rain, hail, or melting snow and drains into the municipal drain system, such as catch basins or drainage swales that eventually lead to a wetland or body of water, such a as lake, stream, river or ocean.

Storm Damage Reparations March 2018

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Storm Drainage System

The Storm Drainage System is a series of catch basins, and drainage ditches that collect and channel run off from streets, driveways, sidewalks, parking lots, and vegetated land surfaces. This network of pipes and ditches flow into bodies of water such as lakes, streams, rivers and oceans.

The Town of Norwell’s storm drainage system flows into many drainage areas, such as  the North River basin, and after flowing through several communities, eventually discharges into the Atlantic Ocean.

Prevent Pollution of Storm Drains

Why should we not pollute our storm drains?
Storm drains in Norwell collect all the storm water that flows into our catch basins. Any pollution in our catch basins flows directly our river basins and eventually the oceans. Pollutants can impact our groundwater, wetlands and waterways and contaminate drinking water, endangering people, fish, and wildlife.

By keeping our catch basins and drainage swales uncontaminated we keep the environment of Town of Norwell clean.

How to Identify and Prevent Pollutants

Remember C.O.P - Color, Odor, Pollutants

Color
White, Orange (Rust Color), Soap Suds, Oil Sheen, Paint or any unusual colors.

Odor
Any odors such as Ammonia, Sulfur (Rotten Egg), Gasoline, Paint Solvents, Sewerage, Chlorine, or Fertilizers emitting from catch basins, drainage ditches, outfalls or waterways.

Pollutants
Trash, Motor Oils, Antifreeze, Household Chemicals, Paints, Chlorine, Detergents, Soaps, Grass Clippings, Leaves, Sweeping, Construction Materials, Pet Excrement, or Insecticides.