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 717-732-3621 ext. 1248 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.
Assistant Wastewater Treatment Plant Superintendent
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.
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:
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.
CCWA May 2020 Partner Activities
With all that is going on, Spring chooses to carry on! Please remember if you are in a public area around the Creek please remember to practice safe distancing and wear a mask.
You can always take a virtual tour with CCWA's "Conodoguinet Creek Explorer Guide" that is on our website at http://www.conocreek.org/ or the direct link for guide is https://www.flipsnack.com/conocreek/conodoguinet-creek-explorer-guide.html The answers to the guide can be downloaded on the website, but don't peek before you start your virtual paddle!
Please keep sending us your pictures of the Creek too! Last week our Facebook administrator had to take a week off - so we will be back up and running on Monday!
Below are the May Online Events and Partner Activities:
May 3rd - Hawk Mountain Series: Rachel Carson: Inspiration, Legacy, and Challenge is from 2 PM - 3 PM. In this 50th anniversary year of the National Environmental Protection Act, we remember Rachel Carson: the woman who penned the landmark Silent Spring and testified before the US Congress, alerting us to unintended consequences and the meaning of the balance of nature. Register at https://hawkmountain.ticketleap.com/rachel-carson-inspiration-legacy-and-challenge-2020/ For all of the Hawk Mountain virtual programs on May 9th, May 15th, May 22nd and May 29th please visit https://www.hawkmountain.org/education/programs/virtual-programs?utm_content=virtualprograms
May 5th - PennState Extension: Ticks and Tickborne Diseases is for woodlot owners and will focus on what can be done to control ticks in the environment from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM. Topics will include: Tick ID and biology, Diseases that are spread by ticks., How invasive plants interact with ticks, What woodlot owners can do to lessen the impact of ticks in their forests. To register click
May 5th - Victory Garden Reinvented! PennState Master Gardener Webinar Series: Spring and Early Summer Vegetables. Your garden can provide healthy food for your family in addition to benefiting your physical and mental well-being. The Cumberland County Master Gardener Program is ready to provide online educational opportunities to the home gardening audience. Vegetable gardening basics and pest problems for specific vegetables and fruits. This ten-week webinar series is on Tuesdays 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM For the May 5th, May 12, May 19th, May 26th dates Click Here: Free registration is available or call 1-877-345-0691.
May 7th - ALLARM's Creek Course: Introduction to Water Quality & Policy webinar series topics on the Chesapeake Bay from 12:00 PM - 1 PM. Register for Creek Course by clicking at this link and Zoom access instructions will be sent to you. Also these sessions will be recorded and shared if you cannot join live. Questions please email Helen at email@example.com - please see attachment!
May 13th PA Organization for Waterways and Rivers Webinar Your Attention Please: Garnering Media Coverage for Your Activities starting at 12 PM. Leza Raffel, President, The Communication Solutions Group, who will share tips on maximizing broadcast, print, and social media attention to help you secure volunteers for your next event, celebrate a successful project, or attract new members and supporters to your watershed organization. It's quick and easy to register: Just click https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1294791896330112524
May 21st - ALLARM's Creek Course: Clean Up Efforts & Role of Monitoring webinar series topics on the Chesapeake Bay from 12:00 PM - 1 PM. Register for Creek Course by clicking at this link and Zoom access instructions will be sent to you. Also these sessions will be recorded and shared if you cannot join live. Questions please email Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org - please see attachment!
May 24th Flower Walk: Jack in the Pulpits and Other Spring Flowers Engage in a self-guided tour to search for Jack in the Pulpits. Learn interesting facts about the Jack in the Pulpit and why it could also be known as “Jill in the Pulpit”. Where: Wildwood Park Trails. For more information visit https://www.wildwoodlake.org/events/ or email email@example.com
May 30th - Kids Discover: Butterflies and Moths Online Event What is the difference between a butterfly and a moth? Where do they go in the winter? Learn the answers to these questions plus much more while exploring the life cycle, anatomy and different species of butterflies and moths that call PA home. At the end of the online program, journey outside with an adult to collect your own butterfly or moth to observe and release. For more information please visit https://www.wildwoodlake.org/events/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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,
2019 Stormwater Events
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.
CCWA Spring Freshet