Faculty Advisor

Belz, Melissa

Faculty Advisor

Dehner, Corey

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


Stormwater runoff is the leading cause of water pollution in the United States. It is precipitation that flows over impervious surfaces, collects pollutants, and discharges untreated into a surface water body. The goal of this project was to improve stormwater management programs in municipalities within Central Massachusetts (MA). We worked with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to help the towns of Auburn, Holden, and Upton prepare for the upcoming MA MS4 permit. With assistance from the Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition, we developed the Catchment Area Priority Ranking System database and created several documents to aid municipalities in understanding the requirements of both the 2003 MA MS4 general and 2013 New Hampshire MS4 draft permit.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

December 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs