Stormwater, Hazard Mitigation and Climate Resiliency Efforts 

STORM WATER PROGRAM Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)

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

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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 will be working with a Consultant on MS4 Permitting Compliance on the following:

• Filing a Notice of Intent

• 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


The Federal Disaster Mitigation Act, passed in 2000 requires that after November 1, 2004, all municipalities that 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. 

To learn more about grant opportunities click here: Disaster Mitigation Grant Program -

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.

Lincoln’s Plan was approved by FEMA on June 7, 2018 and is now an official plan and good for 5 years.


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. Once the plan is in place Lincoln has the opportunity to apply for implementation grants of up to $400,000 each year. As an example of one potential project, if we find that our public water supply is vulnerable in some manner, we could pursue a grant to strengthen the backup system, whether it be a well improvement or an improved interconnection with an another Town.