Stormwater Management


As awareness increases about the delicate nature of our environment, individuals are learning that every person can contribute to the health of our ecosystem.

Among the most important of all environmental issues is the management of stormwater which is critical to keeping our water safe to drink and for the general health of the watershed system. Few people are aware that, next to Alaska, Pennsylvania has the most miles of streams and rivers in the country. Every resident can do something in everyday life to help protect our water system.

The Department of Environmental Protection has created many educational pamphlets to help increase the residents' knowledge regarding how they can help to protect our natural water resources. We have made both business and home forms available to visitors of this site.

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Additional information regarding our all elements of our environment can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website.
  1. Business
  2. Residential
  • Construction Site Runoff Facts (PDF)
    Polluted urban runoff can be a major source of water quality problems in receiving waters. Road deicing activities, automobiles, atmospheric deposition, chemicals used in homes and offices, erosion from construction sites, discharges from industrial plants, wastes from pets, wastes from processing and salvage facilities, and chemical spills can all contaminate storm water runoff.
  • Coverings (PDF)
    Covering is the partial or total enclosure of raw materials, byproducts, finished products, containers, equipment, process operations, and material storage areas that, when exposed to rain and/or runoff, could contaminate storm water.
  • Does Your Site Need a Permit? (PDF)
    A Construction Site Operator’s Guide to EPA’s Storm water Permit Program
  • Dust Control (PDF)
    Dust controls reduce the surface and air transport of dust, thereby preventing pollutants from infiltrating into storm water.
  • Employee Training (PDF)
    In-house employee training programs are established to teach employees about storm water management, potential sources of contaminants, and Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Handling and Disposal of Residuals (PDF)
  • Preventative Maintenance (PDF)
    Preventive maintenance involves the regular inspection, testing, and replacement or repair of equipment and operational systems. As a storm water best management practice (BMP), preventive maintenance should be used to monitor systems built to control storm water.
  • Sample Construction Stormwater Plan (PDF)
  • Spill Prevention Planning (PDF)
    Spill prevention is prudent both economically and environmentally, because spills increase operating costs and lower productivity. An important tool in preventing spills is a Spill Prevention Plan.