Stormwater, Hazard Mitigation and Climate Resiliency Efforts 

The Town of Lincoln is working on a variety of initiatives to address Stormwater, Hazard Mitigation and Climate Resiliency. The programs below describe each program and the effort. 

STORM WATER PROGRAM Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)

The 2016 Massachusetts Small MS4 General Permit will became effective July 1, 2017. The final permit replaces the 2003 permit

The Town is part of MAGIC (sub regional planning organization under MAPC) was awarded a total of $102,000 in grant funding to provide technical assistance to explore a regional effort for complying with the Storm Water Program.

In addition, beginning in July 2018, the Town began working with a Consultant on MS4 Permitting Compliance on the following:

• Filing a Notice of Intent (completed)

• Preparing a Stormwater Management Plan

• Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Plan (wastewater control)

• Operations and Maintenance (O&M) program

• Employee Training

• Public Education Assistance

• Filing of annual report

To view documents click here.


Hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate long term risk to people and property from natural hazards such as floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes.

The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act, passed in 2000 requires that after November 1, 2004, all municipalities who wish to continue to be eligible to receive Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding for hazard mitigation grants, must adopt a local hazard mitigation plan. This planning requirement does not affect disaster assistance funding. Having a plan is not a requirement but an incentive by FEMA to apply for grants. They recommend that the plan is updated every 5 years to make it eligible for grant eligibility. Lincoln’s Plan was approved by FEMA on June 7, 2018 and is now an official plan and good for 5 years.

To learn more about grant opportunities click here


The Town along with the MAGIC communities has been working on Climate Resiliency initiatives and recently created a plan to assess vulnerabilities and response strategies.

Click here to review the plan and other documents and information.


The Town was recently awarded $20,000 for a new state planning grant (MVP) which, building on the work that was done under the Hazard Mitigation Planning process and MAGIC Climate Change Resiliency Plan is designed to help cities and towns assess their vulnerability to climate change, identifying both risks and strategies for creating resiliency in such areas as infrastructure and energy, agriculture and forestry, transportation and other service areas.

Recently the town held a workshop on MVP Planning. You can find meeting material by clicking here

A “listening session” meeting will be held on Monday, April 1st, 2019 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at Lincoln Town Hall, Donaldson Meeting Room, 1st Level, 16 Lincoln Road.

This session will give residents, businesses and institutions the opportunity to hear about the MVP Plan, make suggestions for additions or changes to the plan, and to consider targets for additional state grant money to implement projects to reduce the town’s vulnerability to severe weather.

The Completed plan will be submitted to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affair and will allow Lincoln to become a state-certified MVP community, making it eligible for additional state grants to implement the plan’s recommended actions