The overall project goal is to demonstrate the development of an Integrated Water Resource Management Plan which will improve the overall management of non-point source pollution control infrastructure, and can be supported by the community at large.
This will require a technical component that includes the development of a sufficient knowledge base to support the creation of a comprehensive plan sufficient to address the community's needs and concerns, an educational component to convince the community that the plan is necessary, and finally the forging of a public private partnership, including a funding strategy to make the plan economically feasible.
Failure on the Town's part to provide some form of financial assistance will serve as a road block preventing public support and acceptance of this holistic management approach. These 3 components are intricately linked and are therefore dependent of one another, and are all critical to the successful implementation of the Town's overall plan. The sub-components of this goal are as follows:
The development of a knowledge base relating to the location, capacity and general condition of the Town's decentralized wastewater and storm water systems, and the Town's natural resources
The completion of a risk assessment through the identification of known or probable sources of pollution, or circumstances that may lead to pollution problems
The prioritization of pollution prevention or abatement efforts, to include policy development, regulatory changes or infrastructure improvements
The development of a comprehensive management plan that recognizes and supports the important relationship between wastewater and storm water infrastructure, natural resources, and land use planning and development
Education and outreach to citizens and state regulators promoting the understanding and acceptance of an integrated approach to managing water resources
Promoting community acceptance of an integrated approach to managing water resources through the creation of public private partnerships that provide financial aid for the upgrade or repair of private waste water or storm water infrastructure.
To improve the coordination between planning, design and regulatory review of non-point source pollution control infrastructure, and land use planning
To enable long-term and sustainable management and protection of water resources in Colchester