The Clean Water Act is the federal legislation that governs stormwater management. Stormwater point discharges to waters of the
U.S. are regulated using National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. In 1999, federal regulations extended coverage of the NPDES program to local separate storm sewer systems (MS4’s) serving populations less than 100,000. East Pennsboro Township is required to comply with the NPDES program as a MS4. Under the NPDES stormwater program, permittees must develop a stormwater management plan that provides the details of how the community (East Pennsboro Township) will comply with the requirements of the permit. Permits are based on a framework of six minimum control measures:
- · Public education and outreach
- · Public participation and involvement
- · Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- · Construction site runoff control
- · Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment
- · Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance
East Pennsboro Township Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)
The goals of all MS4s programs and East Pennsboro Township are to reduce the discharge of pollutants from the township, to
protect water quality and to satisfy requirements of the Clean Water Act. East Pennsboro Township would like you to remember that the water and any items that go into a storm sewer go directly into streams. This water is not cleaned in any way and does not go to the waste water treatment plant. East Pennsboro Township needs all of its residents to assist us in keeping our storm water and storm water sewer system clean by doing the following: dispose of water properly, clean up after your pets, use fertilizers properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff and store materials that could pollute storm water indoors. Also, please monitor storm water inlets near your property. No one should dump anything into the storm sewer system. If you see someone dumping please call the township at 717-732-0711.
What Residents can help watch for:
Sediment leaving a construction site in stormwater
Spills (Chemical, Gas, Oil)
Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers (PLEASE CALL 911 FIRST)
Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (72 hours after a rain storm)
Residents may be the first to recognize "illicit" discharges dumping into storm sewers or coming out of from storm sewer outfalls. If you see an "illicit" discharge please report that to the township by Call the Township Engineer Joseph Bonarrigo at 717-909-5614 or the Township Police at 717-732-3633.
East Pennsboro Township is partnering with the Cumberland County Planning Department, GreenTreks and other Municipalities to
give residents a place to see and post about stormwater activities in their community.
Visit StormwaterPA for informative videos, local watershed maps, a calendar of upcoming events, and links to social media.
Pennsylvania DEP Website on Storm Water Management
U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
Cumberland County Conservation District
Center for Watershed protection
EPAs Storm water Tool Box of Education Materials
Homeowners Guide to Storm Water Management
EPA Fact Sheets:
Overview of the Phase II program
Small MS4 overview
Who is covered?
Educational Pamphlets FOR THE HOME OWNER
When it Rains it Drains Brochure
After the Storm
Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution Brochure
Water Efficient Landscaping
Clean Water is Everybody is Business
Storm Water Pollution Found in Your Area! Door Hanger
Kids Storm Water Stickers
10 Things That You Can Do to Prevent Storm Water Runoff Pollution
Take the Storm Water Runoff Challenge place mat