Stormwater pollution is the leading cause of water quality problems in the State of Maine. Stormwater falls on paved areas and picks up pollutants such as pet waste, litter, chemicals, and even food products that have been spilled. Stormwater carries these pollutants, untreated, into the Androscoggin River and other local waterbodies like Andrews Pond and No Name Pond.
The City of Lewiston is working to prevent stormwater pollution by preparing a five-year plan - known as the Stormwater Management Plan - to protect stormwater from becoming polluted. Every year, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires that the city reports on their progress in implementing the plan and updates the plan to better protect stormwater. Each year annual reports provide an updated five-year plan and describe the progress made for the year.