Faculty Advisor

Dehner, Corey

Faculty Advisor

McCauley, Stephen M.

Project Center

Worcester Community Project Center


Stormwater runoff is the number one pollutant of water bodies in the United States. As runoff flows over impervious surfaces, it picks up pollutants and discharges directly to nearby water bodies such as lakes or rivers. The United States Environmental Protection Agency regulates stormwater runoff pollution through the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, or MS4, permit. Currently, Massachusetts stormwater is regulated through a 2003 MS4 permit. However, a new permit is anticipated to be issued in 2014. The goal of our project was to estimate the cost of implementing the new upcoming permit. We found the estimated cost of implementing the upcoming new permit for four case study towns with different population, area, and impervious surface area.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2014

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs