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 email@example.com.
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 June 2020 Partner Activities
I am glad that summer has finally arrived for everyone. Each June I return to Turtle Island on the Creek to remember catching crayfish and resting in the riffles with my brother. If you are out on the creek or see some cool wildlife please send them to me. Today, I finally spotted our fledgling blue jay - the trick is to get the picture!
Below are the June Online Events and Partner Activities:
June 2nd - Victory Garden Reinvented! PennState Master Gardener Webinar Series: Tropical and Small Fruit 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 June 2nd, 9th and 16th dates Click Here: Free registration is available or call 1-877-345-0691.
June 4th - Hawk Mountain Series: Rosalie Edge: Raptor Hero. When Rosalie Edge created Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, she made the world a better place for raptors, other wildlife, and human visitors. Join Lisa Kahn Schnell, a children’s book author and Sanctuary Volunteer, to discover more about this inspiring woman, and how YOU can make the world a better place, too. To register for Hawk Mountain virtual programs on June 3rd, 4th and 10th please visit https://www.hawkmountain.org/education/programs/virtual-programs?utm_content=virtualprograms
June 5th PA Organization for Waterways and Rivers Webinar Fundamentals of Drinking Water Regulation, Protection, and Conservation. We will be convening a panel of experts to address both private and public drinking water sources and what watershed organization leaders and volunteers can do to ensure that this important part of the total water resources of the Commonwealth is preserved for use and health. Register now and join us next Friday at from 12 PM to 1 PM https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8462386151910133261 Even if you are not available for the live webinar, register anyway so that we can send you the link to the recording.
June 5th PennState Extension: Effective Environmental Outreach Strategies Webinar to learn new strategies for increasing the impact of your environmental outreach program and cultivating trust among staff and stakeholders. The Webinar is from 10 AM - 11 AM and Click Here to register for this free webinar
June 7th - Virtual Tree ID Walk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
June 11th - ALLARM's Creek Course: Land Use and Water Quality webinar series topics on the Chesapeake Bay from 12:00 PM - 1 PM. Register for Creek Course by clicking https://forms.gle/vRgdVfSGzFyTgSF29 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 - see attached!
June 20th - CCWA Creek Clean-Up - CANCELLED. Once Cumberland County is in the PA Dept. of Health's "green zone" we will reassess Creek Clean-ups.
June 21st Virtual Flower Walk: Peak of Blooming. Join volunteer Cara Martinez-Williams to view fragrant water lilies, yarrow, white beardtongue, blue-eyed grass and common milkweed. Learn how these and other flowers were named and some of their uses by early settlers and Native Americans. Some trees may be bearing fruit. Where: Wildwood Park Trails. For more information visit https://www.wildwoodlake.org/events/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
June 25th - ALLARM's Creek Course: Water Policy 101 webinar series topics on the Chesapeake Bay from 12:00 PM - 1 PM. Register for Creek Course by clicking at this https://forms.gle/vRgdVfSGzFyTgSF29 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!
June 29th and 30th - Mid-Atlantic Climate Change Education Conference The Conference is a unique convening of formal and non-formal educators to share and learn about the latest trends in climate education. There is a $20 fee for registration to offset the speaker's cost. To view the agenda and to register please visit https://www.maccec.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 Summer Freshet