MS4 Program Stormwater Management
Storm Water Fee – FAQ
Illicit Discharge Reporting Hotline
- Illicit Discharge
- PADEP, Stormwater Smart
- Stormwater PA
- EPA, Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution
- Center for Watershed Protection
- Luzerne County Conservation District (LCCD)
Public Education and Outreach on Storm Water ImpactsPublic education and outreach is a key component of stormwater management. Well-planned public education and outreach programs will support and help achieve the goals of the other minimum control measures. Personal and household decisions can have a large impact on stormwater. From car washing to laundry detergent to dog walking, a small alteration in daily activities can make a difference. Upper Southampton Township continues to take steps towards spreading awareness.
Stormwater is Everyone’s Responsibility!
Did you know that the stormwater drains and inlets within your neighborhood have an important impact on the water quality of our streams?
Why? Because storm drains flow directly to nearby rivers and streams, not to wastewater treatment plants. Your city street is really like waterfront property and everything that rain washes off of your roof, yard, and the driveway goes to the nearby water used for swimming, boating, and maybe even drinking. In addition, anything that is dumped into these drains, such as used motor oil, paint, or excess pesticides, goes directly into a local stream. Stenciling will remind everyone – homeowners, business owners, developers, and other citizens – not to dump anything into storm drains so we can protect our water from stormwater pollution that may close beaches, cause unsightly weed and algae growth, and even kill fish!
THIS POLLUTION COMES FROM WHERE?
From all of us! Stormwater picks up litter, yard waste, excess lawn fertilizers and pesticides, leaking oil on streets and parking lots, pet wastes in parks and on lawns, and dirt from construction sites. All together, this adds up to more pollution than industries make!
WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
Never dump substances down a storm drain that you wouldn’t swim in or drink. Spread this simple message to everyone you know. Other ways to help include:
- Use less fertilizer on lawns
- Recycle used oil
- Pick up pet wastes
- Dispose of household hazardous wastes responsibly
For more information check out The PA Department of Environmental Protection at www.depweb.state.pa.us
BMP Fact Sheets:
The fact sheets in this section describe BMPs and how to use them to help municipal stormwater programs and construction site operators comply with the stormwater Phase II requirements.
EPA has started updating these fact sheets to include new practices and technologies. Several of these updated fact sheets are now available in PDF format.
|Developing Municipal Outreach Programs|
|Developing an Outreach Strategy|
|Promoting the Stormwater Message|
|Classroom Education on Stormwater|
|Stormwater Outreach for Commercial Businesses|
|Tailoring Outreach Programs to Minority and Disadvantaged Communities and Children|
|Using the Media|
|Stormwater Outreach Materials|
|Educational Displays, Pamphlets, Booklets, and Bill Inserts|
|Stormwater Outreach Materials|
|Education for Homeowners|
|Alternatives to Toxic Substances|
|Chlorinated Water Discharge Options|
|Landscaping and Lawn Care|
|Pet Waste Management|
|Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes|
|Residential Car Washing|
|Trash and Debris Management|
|Water Conservation Practices for Homeowners|
|Education for Businesses|
|Pollution Prevention for Businesses|
|Promoting Low Impact Development|