What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is the excess water following a rain or snow storm that does not infiltrate the surface. In many parts of the Township, stormwater flows into a storm drain and then through the storm sewer system. This system of pipes and channels will eventually discharge the water into a local stream or lake. There is no treatment for stormwater – anything that goes into a storm drain will go straight to our waterways, pollutants included.
What is Stormwater Management?
Stormwater Management is the process of controlling the stormwater runoff that comes primarily from impervious surfaces like parking lots, driveways, and rooftops. Rural areas are typically comprised of pervious areas, such as farmland, pastures, and woodlands.
Who Oversees the Managment of Stormwater?
Federal, State and Local regulations are in charge overseeing stormwater managment. The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters.
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For more information on stormwater management, please go to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website.
Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.gov
What is an Illicit Discharge? An illicit discharge is any discharge of pollutants or non-stormwater materials allowed to enter the storm sewer systems from overland flows or direct dumping of materials into a catch basin. Examples of Illicit Discharge: Sand and Dirt from construction sites washing into drains, Dumping Toxic Chemicals into drain, Chemical and Fuel Spills, overuse of Fertilizers and Pesticides, and Trash not picked up allowed to go into drains. To report an Illicit Discharge please contact the township office at: (717) 336-8720 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.