In 2019, EPA Region 1 received a petition from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association asking that EPA use its residual designation authority to require permits for stormwater discharges that are not otherwise regulated for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities within the Charles River watershed in order to address phosphorus-driven algae blooms.
EPA is now formulating a response to the petition. EPA Region 1 staff will make a presentation on the process to the 495/MetroWest Partnership, virtually via Zoom, on Tuesday, October 27th, at 8:30 AM. The presentation will be followed by a Question and Answer period.
Participating on behalf of the EPA will be:
- Ken Moraff, Water Director
- Newton Tedder, Senior Permit Writer
- Erin Flannery-Keith, Attorney-Advisor, Office of Regional Counsel
All 495/MetroWest Partnership stakeholders are invited to participate. Partnership communities that are fully or partially located within the Charles River watershed are Ashland, Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Sherborn, Wayland, and Wrentham.
Questions regarding this event may be submitted to Jason@495Partnership.org.