The City of New London has enacted a Stormwater Ordinance in order to establish minimum stormwater management requirements and controls to protect and safeguard the general health, safety, and welfare of the public residing in watersheds within this jurisdiction. The City of New London is the permitting authority for all land disturbing activities and requires the land owner to maintain all on-site stormwater control facilities and all open space areas (e.g. parks or “green” areas) required by the approved stormwater control plan. The City of New London will only provide construction permits to projects that establish a plan to manage stormwater runoff occurring during the construction process. The City of New London, under the NPDES program, also has the authority to inspect properties for noncompliance and can issue a notice of violation (NOV) for any deficiency or infraction onsite. Property owners are responsible for the maintenance of any stormwater facilities or practices located on the property. The City of New London has the authority to inspect stormwater facilities and practices in order to ascertain that they are properly maintained and functioning.
The City of New London has been issued a "General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems" by Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (CTDEEP). The permit is issued to ensure the City of New London is compliant with the requirements of EPA’s Clean Water Act (CWA) for municipalities and the developed areas within them.
The City of New London has created a Stormwater Management Plan, and prepares an annual report to be submitted to CT DEEP to demonstrate compliance with the permit and stormwater management plan. There are six minimum control measures for the plan:
The annual report, submitted July 16, 2014, highlights each of these measures and explains what the City has been doing for each minimum measure. At this time the city of New London does not have an ordinance for the discharge of stormwater, but zoning regulations and the stormwater plan are the mechanisms that drive compliance with the permit. Developed areas that disturb more than or equal to 1 acre are required to have stormwater controls in place, and the property owner is responsible for an adequate long-term operations and maintenance plan for the BMPs installed onsite.
ARTICLE VI – SUPPLEMENTARY REGULATIONS
AMENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
C. Design, Layout and Location
Drainage - In addition to the requirements of other sections of these regulations, the use of on-site natural filtration functions is encouraged as part of currently accepted Best Management Practices in the reduction of sediment and pollutants. Additionally; drainage shall not be directly channeled to wetlands or watercourses through new piping, flow though natural existing drainage systems shall be maintained as much as possible, and shall not result in a net increase of runoff from the site for the 25-year storm. Also, for previously undeveloped sites, the stormwater management system shall include the retention and filtration of the first inch of runoff from impervious surfaces (excluding roofs).
20) Stormwater Drainage
a) Parking areas shall be graded and drained to dispose of all surface water in accordance with sound engineering principles.
b) No storm water drainage shall be allowed to cross any sidewalk area or public streets.
c) Drainage shall be designed by a professional engineer licensed in the State of Connecticut.
d) The commission shall require that a stormwater management plan is submitted for all proposed parking lots consisting of twenty-five (25) or more parking spaces. However, the Commission may require a stormwater management plan for any proposal if it determines that the site disturbance and proposed use may cause significant nonpoint source pollution. The stormwater management plan shall provide, but not be limited to at a minimum the following information: (The City’s Office of Development and Planning (ODP) has been charged with the responsibility to prepare a recommended format for stormwater management plan submissions to the Commission under these regulations. All applicants are encouraged to consult with ODP staff prior to application submission.)
e) Stormwater management systems shall be designed and maintained to manage site runoff in order to prevent flooding, control peak discharges where required, and maximize retention and water quality treatment on-site.
f) On proposed sites with discharges of stormwater within five-hundred (500) feet of coastal waters, the stormwater management system shall be designed to retain and treat the volume generated by the first one (1) inch of rainfall unless a demonstration can be made that specific site constraints prevent meeting this goal. In such case, the stormwater management system should be designed to retain and treat the maximum amount that is technically feasible.
Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Regulations of the City of New London – Amended January 23, 2012
Any development activity occurring in this area is subject to more stringent standards. The map of regulated areas delineates the general location and boundaries of inland wetlands and the general location of watercourses. The link to these regulations is at the bottom of the page.
This Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) was developed by the City of New London to protect water quality and reduce the discharge of pollutants from the municipality’s storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable (MEP). This SMP addresses the requirements established by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s (DEEP) General Permit for the Discharge of Stormwater from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4 General Permit). This permit is the local enforcement mechanism of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Stormwater Phase II Rule. SMP Structure The plan outlines a program of best management practices (BMPs), measurable goals, responsible individuals or departments, and implementation schedules for the following six minimum control measures:
(1) Public education and outreach
(2) Public involvement and participation
(3) Illicit discharge detection and elimination
(4) Construction site stormwater runoff control
(5) Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
(6) Pollution prevention/good housekeeping
In developing this legal authority, the City will consider the following watershed protection elements to manage the impacts of stormwater on receiving waters:
In addition, the City will review its current regulations - site planning requirements, zoning regulations, street design regulations, and infrastructure specifications with minimum size criteria for impervious cover (roads, parking lots, etc.) to identify and, where appropriate, reduce or eliminate existing regulatory barriers to implementation of LID and runoff reduction practices to the MEP.
5.2 Enforce LID/runoff reduction requirements for development and redevelopment projects
The City will enforce the LID and runoff reduction requirements defined in Section 5.1 for development and redevelopment projects.
5.3 Implement long-term maintenance plan for stormwater basins and treatment structures
The City will develop a maintenance plan for retention / detention ponds and stormwater treatment structures that it owns or over which it holds an easement or other authority and that are located in the City’s priority areas to ensure their long-term effectiveness. This plan will require an annual inspection of those retention / detention ponds and stormwater treatment structures and removal of accumulated sediment and pollutants in excess of 50% design capacity.
City of New London Stormwater Website
New London Zoning Regulations (Amended To October 9, 2019)