|Stormwater --> Stormwater Management
in Lower Pottsgrove Township
THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROTECT OUR WATER!
|FEDERAL MS4 PROGRAM REGULATES STORMWATER MANAGEMENT IN MUNICIPALITIES
In 2003, Lower Pottsgrove Township became a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit regulations. DEP acts as the administrator in Pennsylvania on behalf of the United States Environmental Protection Agency for the Clean Water Act.
The Township, like all municipalities in the area, is required to develop and implement a storm water management program by its MS4 Permit, which is based on the Federal MS4 regulations. The MS4 Permit requires the Township to agree to implement the requirements of the MS4 protocol (developed by DEP).
DEP's protocols provide MS4 member municipalities with suitable guidelines to design a local program that addresses the DEP's six Best Management Practices (or BMPs), which are also known as "minimum control measures." These six BMPs are designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from MS4s, to the maximum extent practicable, in order to protect water quality and satisfy the appropriate requirements of the Federal Clean Water Act. The six BMP categories are:
As part of the MS4 program, Lower Pottsgrove monitors and tests storm sewer outfalls that have flow during dry periods on a periodic basis. The Township asks that all property owners cooperate with the inspectors, as some outfalls are located on private property. For any questions or concerns regarding stormwater or to report illicit discharges to the storm sewer system, please call the Township at (610) 323-0436 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.WHAT IS STORMWATER POLLUTION?
Stormwater pollutants include sediment, sand, cigarettes, litter, cooking oil and grease, paint, automobile fluids, yard wastes, pet wastes, pesticides, fertilizers, and trash.
As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a lake, stream, river, wetland or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and providing drinking water. Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water. By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of our water supply. On this webpage, you will find a variety of recommendations to help protect our water supply. Remember to share these habits with your neighbors!
Not only do homeowners need to practice healthy habits, business owners also need to be aware that things they do or products they use in their daily operations can enter the stormwater system and effect our water sources. Runoff from construction sites, spills at fueling areas and chemicals used to keep outdoor areas clean can be picked up by rainwater and wisked into the stormsewer system. Visit the National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices site to learn what stormwater practices are required by law and what businesses can do to help keep pollutants out of the stormwater system.
Vehicle wasts are among the many common stormwater pollutants that can degrade water quality. Stormater runoff from vehicle maintenance and repair wastes has been found to contain high concentrations of metals, organics, oil and grease. When these wastes wash into our waters, they can kill aquatic organisms. Metals such as chromium, cadmium, lead and zinc have the potential to contaminate drinking water supplies as well as bioaccumulate in aquatic life which we may consume. Organics such as engine degreasers, cleaners and other solvents can degrade water quality.
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT AND WATER PROTECTION RESOURCES
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTS
There are many different ways to help manage stormwater. The links below lead to an excellent information from other municipalities that provide information on how homeowners can install stormwater best management practices (BMPs) on their properties. To comply with the Clean Water Act, BMPs were established to provide methods to reduce and infiltrate stormwater runoff, a process through which the water is filtered by plants and permeates through the soil before it reaches our streams. These actions can greatly slow and reduce the volume of runoff generated by impervious surfaces to improve water quality and levels.
From Tredyffrin Township:
From the City of Philadelphia:
Helpful Tips and Information:
Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens, Rain Collection:
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT RESOURCES FOR SITE CONTRACTORS
STORMWATER MANAGEMENT RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES
DEP / WATER QUALITY CONTACT INFORMATION
DEP 24-Hour Water Quality Hotline
DEP Water Quality Complaints
Off site discharge of sediment, erosion and other improper controls during construction
Clogged or leaking sanitary sewer lines; sewage smell in creek; illegal discharges into creeks or storm drain
Dry weather outfall flows
Broken Water Mains
GENERAL STORMWATER MANAGEMENT RESOURCES
Helpful Local and Regional Resources
From the EPA
Reducing Stormwater & Flooding
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