Environment • Storm Water

Stormwater Management - MS4 Program

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When It Rains It Drains brochure - PA DEP

The Problem
Out of sight, out of mind? Most people don't think of stormwater unless it invades their basement or floods a road. But how we handle stormwater determines whether it will be a hazard or a precious resource.

Stormwater runoff occurs when water from rain or snow and ice melting flows over the ground. This water can become a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants as it flows or when it causes flooding and erosion of streambanks.

Stormwater travels overland, into swales and through a system of inlet, pipes and basins that make up storm sewer systems. It eventually flows directly to a stream or wetland. Unless we treat this water, all of the pollutants it carries will empty into our surface waters.

What You Can Do
Here are some of the most important ways for Township residents to prevent stormwater pollution:

* Properly dispose of hazardous substances, such as used motor oil, cleaning supplies and paint - never pour them down any part of the storm sewer system, and report anyone who does.
* Use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff of these items.
* Look for signs of soil and other pollutants, such as debris and chemicals, leaving construction sites in stormwater runoff or tracked into roads by construction vehicles. Report poorly managed construction sites that could impact stormwater runoff to the Township.
* Install innovative stormwater practices on residential properties, such as rain barrels or rain gardens, that capture stormwater and keep it on-site instead of letting it drain away into the storm sewer system.
* Report any discharge from stormwater outfalls during times of dry weather - there could be a problem.
* Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly. No matter where pets make a mess - in a backyard or on open space - stormwater runoff can carry pet waste from the land to the storm sewer system to a stream.
* Store materials that could pollute water indoors and use containers for outdoor storage that do not rust or leak to eliminate exposure of materials to stormwater.