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Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow melt events flow over land and impervious surfaces and does not infiltrate into the ground.  The runoff from streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil, grease and many other pollutants and discharge into our lakes, streams and rivers.

This untreated discharge is detrimental to our water quality as it can adversely affect our drinking water supply and environment.  Many Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as detention/retention/infiltration basins, are already in place to help keep out water clean.

 

Worcester Township regulates stormwater management which goes above and beyond typical BMPs through a permit that is obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) through the National Pollution and

Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDES)/Municipals Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). This is a Federal requirement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) that is administered by the PA DEP.  This NPDES Permit is broken up into six minimum control measures to be regulated and enforced by the Township.  These minimum control measures include:

 

1. Public Education and Outreach 2. Public Participation/Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination 4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Runoff Control 6. Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping

 

Worcester Township has begun monitoring and testing of storm sewer outfalls that have flow during dry periods.

The township asks all residents to cooperate with the inspectors, as some outfalls are located on private properties.

 

For any questions or concerns regarding stormwater or to report illicit discharges to the storm sewer system please call the Township at 610-584-1410. Eight Simple Steps to Clean Water

 

There are many ways you can help the Township with its stormwater program and participate in volunteering programs that will keep trash, debris and other pollutants out of the storm sewer system.

 

For more information on ways you get involved with your community, please visit the following sites:

 

PA DOT: Adopt-A-Highway

 

 

Tips For Residents:

 

Rake it or Leave it 10 Things I Can Do To Help Protect My Water
Thirsty Vehicle Maintenance Tips
Catch of the Day Pet Waste Tips
GRASSCYCLING Fertilizing Tips
RAIN GARDEN Water Conservation Tips
Canines for Clean Creeks Solution To Pollution
Car Washing Information An Overview for Auto Recyclers
Septic System Information Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff
Winter Deicing Tips DEP Reminds Pool Owners to Handle Waste Water Safely
Bag it, Don't Blow it  

 

Tips For Contractors:

 

Stormwater and the Construction Industry Stormwater Pollution Prevention
When it Rains it Drains Stormwater and Runoff Primer

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON STORMWATER MANAGEMENT, PLEASE VISIT:

 

USEPA

Stormwater Basic Information

Stormwater Program

Stormwater Discharge From MS4s

Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents

 

PA DEP

Stormwater Management Program

PA DEP Southeast Region Office

(MCCD) Montgomery County Conservation District

(FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency

(CWP) Center for Watershed Protection

 

 

 

 

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