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 November 2020 Partner Activities
CCWA is hosting a virtual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, November 18th, starting at 7pm. We will be featuring CCWA accomplishments, Member of the Year, and presentations from Master Watershed Stewards and the Countywide Action Team. Please see below for more details. Hope to see you there!
CCWA November Events and Partner Activities:
November 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th - PennState Extension Water Webinar Series: Interested in learning more about Pennsylvania’s groundwater resources or managing private water supplies? On Wednesdays at 1:00 PM, the Water Webinar Wednesday Series will discuss groundwater, private water supply best management practices, as well as the occurrence and treatment of select drinking water contaminants in private water systems. These live webinars are free to attend, but registration is required through the Water Webinar Wednesday Series event registration page at https://extension.psu.edu/water-webinar-series
- November 4th – Occurrence and Removal of Arsenic in Groundwater Wells
- November 11th – Proper Well Construction Steps to Protect Groundwater and Your Health
- November 18th – Pharmaceuticals and Other Emerging Contaminants in Groundwater Wells
- November 25th – Climate Change Effects on Water
November 5th and 12th - Virtual Dr. Seuss Science Series Join an Environmental Educator for fun interactive Dr. Seuss virtual story session for children ages 3-5. Stories, rhymes, and a craft/activity will introduce science through the eyes of Dr. Seuss. Program will be available on Dauphin County Parks and Recreation’s Facebook page. This is a FREE event. For more information and other events please visit https://www.wildwoodlake.org/events/
November 12th - Linking River Histories to Current Conservation Efforts: Join POWR and your community watershed organization colleagues for a one-hour exploration of why river histories matter and how they connect to current conservation efforts. Learn how telling powerful stories highlighting the human and ecological dramas that have played out along our rivers can inspire us to continue our efforts to preserve and protect them into the future. Webinar starts at 12pm For more information and click here to REGISTER
November 18th - CCWA Membership Meeting starting at 7pm. We will be featuring CCWA accomplishments, Member of the Year, and presentations from Master Watershed Stewards and the Countywide Action Team. Please see below to join us!
- Zoom link: https://ccpameet.zoom.us/j/91010603698?pwd=TWN4SGg3b3E2MjBRUWtMWTdQUWxlQT09
- Phone: +1 646 558 8656
- Meeting ID: 910 1060 3698
- Passcode: 500058
November 19th - Yellow Breeches Annual Gathering From 6:30pm - 8pm join the YBWA for an online evening of local learning and meet the Lower Allen MS4 coordinator Rebecca Davis, working to keep the Yellow Breeches, Susquehanna, and Chesapeake clean and healthy. Discover the activities of the Yellow Breeches Watershed Association and how you can get involved. The YBWA is a volunteer organization created to encourage the creek’s conservation. It needs you. To register, please email email@example.com You will be sent a Zoom link and log-on information the day of the event.
November 23rd - 2020 Integrated Water Quality Report and Mapping Application:
PA DEP staff will join us for a presentation on the 2020 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment Report which, once again, is available as an interactive web-based format. You will also learn how to use the updated 2020 Integrated Report Viewer. The combination of these two tools can help you access local water quality assessment information and make decisions about ways you can help maintain, protect, and restore those waters. Webinar starts at 12pm For more information and click here to REGISTER
December 8th - Climate Action Series #2: Municipal Rules - Where Real Action Happens From 7pm - 8:30pm South Mountain Partnership is continuing the discussion on Climate Change by asking the question: How does local climate action planning happen? The Borough of Carlisle will be used as an example of how local governments and citizens can initiate climate action planning. To include group discussion after presentations. Registration will be posted at https://southmountainpartnership.org/speakers-series/schedule
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: