The General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit) is the product of a mandate by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of its Stormwater Phase II rules in 1999. This general permit requires each municipality to take steps to keep the stormwater entering its storm sewer systems clean before that stormwater enters water bodies. One important element of this permit is the requirement that towns implement public education programs to make residents aware that stormwater pollutants emanate from many of their everyday living activities, and to inform them of steps they can take to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff.
The Annual Report template is available below. Please note that there are two versions: one for 2004 MS4 permittees and one for 2017 MS4 permittees (8 new towns and all institutions). DEEP strongly recommends the use of these templates but alternate formats will be accepted as long as all the required information is provided.
As a reminder, the Annual Report should be completed and posted for public review/comment by February 15th and submitted to DEEP by April 1st.
- MS4 General Permit -- Effective July 1, 2017
- Annual Report Template for 2004 MS4 Permittees
- Annual Report Template for 2017 MS4 Permittees
- Annual Report Transmittal Form
- Registration Form: (Word) (PDF)
- MS4 Municipalities Active Registrations
- MS4 Institutions Active Registrations
- MS4 Best Management Practice (BMP) Timeline
- Fact Sheet
Department of Transportation (DOT) Separate Storm Sewer System General Permit
The Department of Transportation submitted Application No. 201904533 on March 25, 2019 for the Discharge of Stormwater from Department of Transportation Separate Storm Sewer Systems (DOT MS4). A copy of the registration can be requested by emailing DEEP at DEEP.StormwaterStaff@ct.gov.
- DOT MS4 Stormwater Management Plan
- DOT MS4 General Permit--Issued May 24, 2018 with an Effective Date of July 1, 2019
- Fact Sheet for DOT MS4 General Permit
- May 29, 2018 Notice of Issuance of DOT MS4 General Permit
- Summary of Changes Between Public Noticed and Final Versions of DOT MS4 GP
- Markup Between Public Noticed and Final Versions of DOT MS4 GP
Town by Town Water Quality Factsheets
The factsheets below provide a variety of water quality data in various formats for every city, town, or borough in Connecticut.
- Impervious cover across a town or city is presented in pie chart format as a percentage of the total town area.
- Links to specific Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) plans are available, as is information about annual stormwater quality monitoring for specific pollutants such as bacteria, total suspended solids, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and turbidity.
Town maps exhibit areas of highest or lowest impervious cover within the town and whether water bodies meet water quality standards for aquatic life and recreational use. Coastal towns also have maps that indicate whether their coastal waters meet water quality standards for shellfishing.
Current Tier 1 Municipality Factsheets (alphabetical order)
New Tier 1 Municipality Factsheets (Brooklyn, Haddam, Killingly, Mansfield, New Hartford, Plainfield, Sprague, Willington)
Factsheets for Non-regulated Municipalities (alphabetical order)
- Connecticut MS4 Guide from the UCONN Center for Land Use, Education, and Research (UCONN CLEAR)
- UCONN Center for Land Use, Education, and Research (UCONN CLEAR)
- EPA MS4 Main Page (contains MS4 program description, Minimum Control Measure explanation and tools for Public Outreach, IDDE, Construction and Post-Construction Runoff Control and Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping)
December 18, 2014 NRDC & EDC Petition for Writ of Mandamus to Require EPA to Comply with 2003 Order Strengthening MS4 General Permit Regulations
Content Last Updated February 2020