What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt. This is called stormwater runoff.
Where does stormwater go?
Stormwater seeps into the ground or drains to what we call storm sewers. These drains are located on street corners or low points along the curb. Drains are connected by pipes underground and go directly to our local streams.
Why is stormwater a concern?
Stormwater becomes a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants as it flows. Along with the stormwater runoff, these pollutants go directly to our local streams.
What you can do to be part of the solution?!
- Never dump anything down a storm drain.
- Don’t be a litterbug, instead pick up trash that you see.
- Pick up after your pet.
- Use commercial car washes, or wash your car on the lawn so that water can infiltrate.
- Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly.
- Report any stormwater problems, dumping incidents, stream irregularities, etc. to the municipality.
Environment and Seasonal Tips for Year-Round Yard & General Care (pdf files):
– Green Guide to Clean Water for Residents
– Fertilizer Information
– Keep Car Washing from Hurting Our Streams
– When It Rains
– Winter Deicing Tips for Residents
PA DEP Stormwater Website
Stormwater Management Program
EPA Stormwater Phase II Website
EPAs NPDES Permit Program Basics
EPAs NPDES Stormwater Program
EPAs NPDES Stormwater Discharge from MS4s
PA DEPs Bureau of Conservation and Restoration