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
- Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors
- Keep grass cutting off of the street
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)
A Visit from the Township
As outlined in Section 22-726 of the East Pennsboro Stormwater Ordinance, private stormwater facilities must be inspected by a qualified professional hired by the property owner at a minimum of once per year. The Township also has the responsibility to review these private facilities to ensure adequate operation and maintenance is being performed by the property owner. Therefore, on occasion you may see a Township inspector with identification show up to observe and record the condition of these private stormwater facilities. Please allow these inspectors access to where they need to go. If you have any questions about the program, please call the Stormwater Concerns hotline at 717-732-0711 Option * (star) to discuss.
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.
|Stormwater Concerns Hotline|
|717-732-0711 Option * (star)|
|Assistant WWTP Superintendent
/ MS4 Coordinator
|MS4 / GIS Coordinator|
Advertise here on eastpennsboro.net!
With waterways flowing through us into the Susquehanna River, East Pennsboro Township wants to do the very best to work with everyone to keep our lands and creeks clean. Please feel free to tell us about your storm water and environmental activities and we could advertise your events here on the website. To learn more, please call Stormwater Concerns at 717-732-3621 ext. 1248 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual MS4 Stormwater Update
2019 MS4 Public Participation Meeting
Stormwater officials from East Pennsboro Township presented the Annual MS4 Stormwater Update during the Board of Commissioner's Workshop Meeting on March 20th to discuss the Township's compliance with the terms of its current stormwater permit. If you would like to view the presentation, please click the link below.
Master Watershed Steward Program - Fall Tree Sale!!
Excited for fall planting? Purchase native trees and shrubs while supporting Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Stewards Program in Cumberland County! The sale, which serves as a fundraiser for the MWS program, offers 36 varieties of trees and shrubs that will be available for pick-up on September 25th, at the Allen Road Campus, Carlisle. Orders are being accepted now through August 31st. Visit: https://extension.psu.edu/mws-tree-sale for more details and ordering information or see below.
If you're seeking trees and shrubs for privacy, foliage, shade, reducing lawn area, or attracting pollinators or other wildlife, choose something native to Pennsylvania! A variety of trees and shrubs are available that will meet your needs and make a great addition to your property.
Note: orders are being taken via Cvent, an event registration program. Stepping through the ordering process will look like registering for a workshop. If you’ve attended a PSE workshop in the past, it will remember you! Visit https://extension.psu.edu/mws-tree-sale. (Be sure to select Cumberland County pick up!)
The MWS Program educates and empower volunteers to protect our environmental resources. Master Watershed Stewards receive 40 hours of training and give back to the community by participating in field and education projects including conducting workshops, participating in community science data collection, organizing stream clean-ups, enhancing wildlife habitat, and conducting stream restoration and planting projects and more! For more information about the MWS program, visit https://extension.psu.edu/programs/watershed-stewards/counties/cumberland-county.
Tree and Shrub Sale
Master Watershed Steward Native Tree and Shrub Sale is the first annual fall fundraiser for the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program. Currently there are 13 MWS programs that cover 20 counties. Master Watershed Stewards plant trees to intercept and infiltrate stormwater, stabilize soils, and filter pollutants. Whether you're seeking trees for privacy, foliage, shade, attracting pollinators or just want something beautiful to look at, we have a variety of trees and shrubs that will meet your needs and make a nice addition to your property!
We hope you can join us!
Tue., Aug. 11, 2020 - Mon., Aug. 31, 2020
Fri., Sep. 25, 2020 - Sat., Oct. 10, 2020
Dates are tentative and vary by location.
To be confirmed at a later date.
Learn More Visit the Event Website for More Details
Penn State Extension - Conservation and Water Pollution Prevention for Homeowners
Registration is now open!
Conservation and Water Pollution Prevention for Homeowners
Join the Conservation and Water Pollution Prevention for Homeowners webinar series and learn the basics of stormwater management, tree planting techniques, and more!
We hope you can join us!
Wed., Sep. 23, 2020 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET)
Wed., Sep. 30, 2020 (6:30 PM - 8:30 PM ET)
Visit the Event Website for More Details
CCWA Fall Freshet
CCWA August 2020 Partner Activities
Happy Water Quality Month! Please celebrate by sending us your pictures of you and/or pets along the Creek so we can post on Facebook. PennState Extension's webinar "Ask the Experts about Drinking Water" is a great way to learn more about clean water and its vital connection to drinking water.
We appreciate those who renewed their CCWA memberships, including PA American Water with a $200 corporate membership. Right now ALL CCWA membership renewals are going directly to purchasing a NEW boat trailer for CCWA Creek Clean-ups. If you are able please renew ONLINE at http://www.conocreek.org/ - directions for online renewal and regular mail-in membership forms are attached.
Below are the August Online Events and Partner Activities:
August 11th - PA Organization for Watersheds & Rivers Southcentral and Northcentral Region Workshop from Noon to 2:15pm. Watershed group leaders can share resources, partnership, and program information and reconnect with your network in your region of PA. POWR staff will facilitate small group conversations with questions and discussion topics to further encourage exciting and fun conversations.Invited guests include staff from DEP, the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, and the First Community Foundation Partnership of PA. To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-2020-central-pa-watershed-group-workshop-mid-day-option-tickets-113687376002?aff=affiliate1
August 12th - PennState Extension Water Webinar Series: Ask the Experts About Drinking Water Drinking water is an essential part of everyone's life. Join us for the Water Webinar Series: Ask the Experts About Drinking Water Live webinar and take advantage of this unique opportunity to ask the Penn State Extension Experts about your drinking water. Do you have concerns about contaminants in your water, tastes or odors, treatment systems, where drinking water comes from, bottled water, roadside springs, or similar questions? Upon registration, you will have an opportunity to submit your questions in advance. We will also take live questions throughout the webinar. To register Click Here: Penn State Extension Ask The Experts About Drinking Water Webinar.
August 12th, 19th and 26th Home Discovery Series: Reading Signs and Tracking Wildlife, Totally Terrific Turtles and Tortoises, Raptors Matter. Targeted for students of all ages and interested learners. Will be held every Wednesday at 1:00 pm. Most of these programs will be about 30 minutes, depending on the topic, and will include a question and answer component from the audience. To register for Hawk Mountain virtual programs please visit https://www.hawkmountain.org/education/programs/virtual-programs
August 13th and 20th Sanctuary Story Time: The Very Busy Spider and Fidget's Folly This programming will occur on the second and fourth Thursday of the month for our younger virtual visitors and will include an interactive read-along with possible added short activities and raptor coloring pages that can be printed out. To register for Hawk Mountain virtual programs please visit https://www.hawkmountain.org/education/programs/virtual-programs
August 14th, 21st, and 28th - Hawk Mountain Speakers Series: Mapping our Knowledge on Raptors Population Genetics, Raptor Conservation in Nepal, Living the Island Life: Caracaras. Targeted for adults and interested learners. Most will be held on Fridays but with some exceptions. These programs will range from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the topic, and will include a question and answer component from the audience. To register for Hawk Mountain virtual programs please visit https://www.hawkmountain.org/education/programs/virtual-programs
August 16th Virtual Flower Walk: Heat Tolerant Plants Join a Wildwood Park Naturalist on this Virtual Flower Walk to see some wetland plants, such as American Lotus and the Rose Mallows, along the North Boardwalk. Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail. When & Where: 'Like' Dauphin County Parks & Recreation on Facebook to participate in this event. Where: Wildwood Park Trails. For more information visit https://www.wildwoodlake.org/events/ or email email@example.com
August 18th 20th, 25th, 27th - National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Collaborative Approaches for Chesapeake Bay Restoration Grazing and Wetlands - Mission and Evaluation; Basin Watershed Collaboratives: Riparian Buffers and Herding Cats - Relationships and Policies; Urban Collaboratives: Targeting Cities and Interesting Infrastructures - Motivation and Capacity; Agricultural and Rural Collaboratives: The Shenandoah Valley - Operating Resources, Relationship, and Effective Process. To register and for more information please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSesbrDgamEaB7DOp03gkhoTl8LQyVfgZHijtcFen_S80KfzSA/viewform?usp=send_form
Conodoguinet Creek Story Map
The Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association is cordially inviting you to Story Map Celebration "A Long Way with Many Bends." The digital story map highlights the Conodoguinet creek, its watershed, our association, the Conodoguinet Creek Water Trail, and 30 years of partnerships. If you haven't already please explore the videos, interactive maps and information at https://arcg.is/uLrnC.
2019 Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Snapshot
Conodoguinet Creek Snapshot with CCWA
On December 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Volunteer to learn about Non-point Source Pollution by taking water samples and analyzing the results. Water quality data will include: pH, Conductivity, Temperature, Nitrogen and Phosphorus rates. You will be provided with a sampling kit and information about your site. Bring your sample to ALLARM at Dickinson College in Carlisle, or a designated drop off site, to analyze the sample. To register and for more information, please contact Lori Glace HERE or call (717) 240-5358.
To see the 2018 Conodoguinet Creek Snapshot results,
Project Clean Stream
Make A Difference In Your Community!
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is rallying thousands of volunteers across the Chesapeake watershed to join us for our annual Project Clean Stream this Spring! Join your community in improving your local park, stream, creek, or river by picking up trash, planting trees, and removing invasive species!
- Visit https://pg-cloud.com/ACB/.
- Decide which cleanup(s) you would like to volunteer at.
- Click 'Volunteer' on the left side of the webpage.
- Select the cleanup from the menu, enter your information and click submit for a confirmation e-mail.
Dickinson College Water Quality Study
Dr. Gene Wingert and his Biology 131 class from Dickinson College recently
sampled from two streams within East Pennsboro Township to measure water quality by way of analyzing amounts of small organisms, nutrients and oxygen. Their studies can be found below: