The Massachusetts Nonpoint Source
Pollution Management Manual was created and designed for use by
municipal officials and residents in Massachusetts to promote
understanding and implementation of the many different options
for prevention and control of nonpoint source pollution.
To open the Manual,
To use the Selector Tool to search for Best Management Practices
||For Directions on using
here or scroll down.
For questions or comments,
or to obtain a CD-ROM version of the Manual, contact Jane Peirce at:
How to Use this Manual
Use as an interactive document via the Web or CD-ROM
This manual is organized into thirteen chapters. You
can open each chapter by clicking on the links provided in the
Table of Contents. Within each
chapter you will find a
brief introduction and discussion of:
A land use activity;
The nonpoint source pollutants associated with this activity; and,
BMPs to reduce NPS pollution from each activity.
|At the end of each chapter,
fact sheets for Best
Management Practices (BMPs) are provided. We hope that
the fact sheets will provide easy-to-use references for reviewing
projects and plans or conducting
an assessment of your own activities either at the municipal level or at
To access the Web version of this manual
To obtain a CD-ROM version of this Manual, please contact Jane Peirce
(MA-DEP, 319 Program Coordinator) at
|The CD-ROM and Web versions of this
manual include all chapters and fact sheets as well as many background
documents that serve as reference and resource material. These versions
include hot links to other web sites of interest and the BMP Selector
Tool described below. Please note that using the Web version of the
manual will require downloading fact sheets and reference documents from
the internet. Because the CD-ROM version includes these documents, it
provides a faster way to use the interactive manual (how much faster
depends on the type of internet connection you are using).
In all formats, this manual has several unique features:
- BMP Selector tool:
If you are unsure which activities or BMPs apply to
your specific situation, try using the BMP Selector Tool (Web
Version). This system will provide a listing of BMPs that should
solve your problem as well as the detailed fact sheets that provide
- Fact sheets:
Each chapter introduction includes a brief description of each BMP.
Linked to that description is an in-depth fact sheet that will
describe the BMP, its proper application, other pertinent facts, and
additional resources or references.
- Links to reference documents:
Web and CD versions include hot links to web sites and/or reference
documents included on the CD, so that the entire reference is
available to you with one click of the mouse.
For a detailed discussion of Massachusetts regulations
related to NPS pollution, please read Chapter 2. This Chapter provides
all of the information you may need on regulatory authorities and other
approaches to control NPS pollution.
Chapter 3 describes in greater detail how this manual
is organized and how it can be used as a tool to both (1) select BMPs
for NPS pollution control and (2) incorporate these practices into local
regulations, programs and everyday municipal activities.
Example NPS Situation and How to Use the Manual:
A conservation commission in a Massachusetts community is approached by
association that wants to conduct a winter lake level drawdown to
aquatic plants. The Commission wants to know if this is an appropriate
conditions they should impose, and what to expect for long-term impacts.
Open Chapter 7 (Lake & Pond Management) to read about lake issues in
Follow the Chapter 7 link to the Lake Level Drawdown Fact Sheet and
Both Chapter 7 and the Lake Level Drawdown Fact Sheet provide the link
to the Massachusetts GEIR on Eutrophication and Plant Management in
should review the section on lake drawdown for a detailed and in-depth
technical and regulatory and cost considerations for drawdown.
The Lake Level Drawdown Fact Sheet also provides a link to the DEP
Aquatic Plant Management in Lakes and Ponds as it Relates to the
Wetlands Protection Act.
Incorporate the suggestions from the Fact Sheet, the GEIR, and the DEP
conditions for approval of the activity.
If more information is required to effectively control the lake
drawdown and minimize
impacts, contact the agencies listed in Chapter 7 for technical