Stormwater Management


As awareness increases around the delicate nature of our environment, it becomes increasingly important for every person to do their part to contribute to the health of our ecosystem.  An important environmental component is stormwater management. Next to Alaska, Pennsylvania has the most miles of streams and rivers in the country. Effective stormwater management provides environmental, social, and economic benefits to local communities. When stormwater management is done well, streams, rivers, and lakes are cleaner; flood risks are reduced; costs due to flood damage decrease; and community quality of life increases.

Things you can do

  1. Disconnect roof drains to allow overland flow across the yard.
  2. Install a rain barrel on roof drains to collect and reuse water for plants and recreation.
  3. Wash your car on the lawn rather than the driveway.  Use environmentally friendly soap.
  4. Reduce amount of fertilizer or pesticide applied to the lawn.
  5. Sweep or blow fertilizers and grass clippings off paved surfaces.
  6. Properly dispose of pet waste.
  7. Ensure the septic system is maintained and function properly.
  8. Never dump anything into a storm drain or street gutter.
MS-4 Update

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.