Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

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Press Release

CONTACT: William Fuqua, DPW Superintendent, City of Holyoke, Phone: 1 (413) 322-5645
Anne Capra, Principal Planner, Phone: 1 (413) 781-6045
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2007

Holyoke Launches Stormwater Rebate Program

The City of Holyoke will officially launch a new stormwater rebate program Monday, October 1, 10:00 a.m. at Holyoke City Hall. City officials and representatives of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, who are working with the City on the rebate program, will be in attendance.

The program will offer incentives to homeowners and businesses who undertake environmentally friendly practices that limit their stormwater discharges into the municipal sewer system, thereby reducing water pollution in the Connecticut River.

Rebates of up to 100 percent of cost are available for implementing stormwater reduction practices such as installing rain barrels, drywells, rain gardens, and infiltration trenches, as well as disconnecting sump pumps and downspouts currently draining to the sewer system. As such connections are in violation of City code, residents now have an opportunity to comply with regulations at minimal cost.

Application forms are available from the Holyoke Department of Public Works at 63 North Canal Street or by calling: 1 (413) 322-5645.

In many places throughout the city, the sewer system still carries both sewage and stormwater. Many improvements are being made to separate these two different waste flows, but when it rains, the addition of stormwater to sewage flow in the system continues to overwhelm the capacities of wastewater treatment facilities. This causes polluting overflows into receiving water bodies such as the Connecticut River.

The stormwater rebate program is being undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for violations of the Clean Water Act.

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