On January 11, 2016, Glenn Clancy, Director of Community Development, presented an overview of the Town of Belmont Sewer and Storm Drain System Rehabilitation Programs to the Board of Selectmen. He noted that the Town of Belmont currently has three types of programs guiding the rehabilitation of the sanitary sewer and storm drain system as part of its overall strategy targeting corrections to these systems: (1) EPA/DEP Clean Water Projects; (2) MWRA Infiltration/Inflow Removal Projects and; (3) Pavement Management Program Repairs.
Mr. Clancy explained to the Board that the Town of Belmont Alewife/Mystic Outfalls, which should only consist of rain from storm events, also contains pollutants from leaks in our sanitary sewer collection system. In addition, the Outfalls contain contaminants, such as animal waste, chemicals from fertilizers, and pesticides from runoff from roads and yards.
Belmont has made progress in reducing these pollutants and contaminants but more needs to be done to strengthen the integrity of our sanitary sewer system. We need to develop a long term plan to repair and rehabilitate the entire sanitary sewer system over a number of years. We also need to create plans to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff going into the drainage system.
The Stormwater Working Group, led by Anne-Marie Lambert, has been working on a number of initiatives to address this. We should continue to work closely with this group on these initiatives. Finally, we need to establish a Stormwater Advisory Group, comprised of experts, to work with Belmont on the development of a strategic plan to deal with this issue.