Stormwater Management

About Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is the water from rain and snow melt that flows across land and does not soak into the ground. As runoff flows over impervious surfaces (streets, parking lots and rooftops), it accumulates sediments, debris, oil, pet waste, fertilizers or other pollutants and is carried into nearby rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. The runoff can significantly degrade water quality and aquatic habitat. Stormwater runoff also may increase flooding and erosion.

Stormwater Management

Stormwater is managed through a combination of engineering, construction, maintenance and public outreach to address the quality and quantity of runoff. The runoff in Gardner is directed to lakes and streams through a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The City is authorized to discharge stormwater through the Phase II National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Small MS4s (PDF).

Stormwater Management Program (SWMP)

The City's Stormwater Management Program  is available as a PDF.  Feedback for the SWMP can be provided through our online form: SWMP Feedback.

Informational Documents

Green Grass & Clear Water

Fertilizer and Lawn Care Message_Page_1

Lawn Care Guide

Greenscapes Lawn Care

Credit: Central Mass Regional Stormwater Coalition

CMRSWC Pet Waste 2022