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When It Rains, It Drains . An Overview of Pennsylvania’s New Storm Water Management Program. Clean Water. Let’s Talk About. . . What storm water is and why it can be a problem in your community. What your community is doing to manage storm water and how these activities will benefit us.

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When It Rains, It Drains

An Overview of

Pennsylvania’s New

Storm Water Management Program



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Let’s Talk About. . .

  • What storm water is and why it can be a problem in your community.

  • What your community is doing to manage storm water and how these activities will benefit us.


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What is Storm Water?

  • Rain events

  • Snow melt

  • Other surface runoff and drainage


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Where Does Storm Water Go In Our Community?

  • Travels over land

  • Carried through municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4)

  • Discharges into Crum, Darby, Chester, Ridley, Naamans, Marcus Hook, Brandywine Creeks and their related tributaries.


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A “Point” of Confusion:Point Source vs. Nonpoint Source

  • POINT source

    • Travels through a pipe system

    • Regulated under permit program

  • NONPOINT source

    • Runoff that is not from a pipe

    • Addressed through voluntary programs


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Why is Storm Water a Problem?

  • Problem: Decrease in water quality of local streams that results in a negative impact to fish, wildlife and recreation.

  • Problem: Increase in water quantity in streams that can lead to flooding

  • Cause: Developed and

    disturbed land especially

    impervious surfaces


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Why is Storm Water a Problem?

  • Problem: Non-storm water discharges enter systems

  • Cause: Illegal discharges into storm sewers

  • Cause: Illegal connections or illegal dumping into stormdrains


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Sediment

Fertilizers

Bacteria

Trash and Debris

Oil and Grease

Trace Metals

Toxic Chemicals

Chlorides

Thermal Impacts

Storm Water Pollutants


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PA Water Quality and Storm Water Impacts

  • Total of 83,161 stream miles in PA

    • 54% of total assessed

  • 18.1% of assessed waters degraded

  • Urban runoff #3 source of impairment

    • 1187 miles of rivers and streams

    • 14.5% of all impaired river and stream miles

From 2001 305(b) Report Update


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Now We Know About Storm Water and Its Impacts on Our Community. . .

But What Are We Doing About It?


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Storm Water Permit Program for Small Communities Community. . .

  • New federal regulation requires permit for our community

  • PA DEP created state permitting program to meet federal regulation


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What Does Our Permit Require? Community. . .

  • Implement a storm water management program

  • Track progress toward goals

  • Report on our progress


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Public Education Community. . .

Construction Site Runoff Management

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

Public Involvement

Post-Construction Storm Water Management

Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention

Our Storm Water Program



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Expected Benefits of Our Community. . . Storm Water Program

  • Enhanced fishing

  • Enhanced opportunities for recreation

  • Reduced flood damage

  • Drinking water benefits

  • Navigational benefits

  • Reduced illness

  • Enhanced aesthetic value


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How Can You Get Involved? Community. . .

  • Pass on information about the storm water program to other community residents

  • Report any storm water issues to your local municipality


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What can you do to help prevent storm water pollution Community. . .

  • NEVER dump anything down the storm drains

  • Use ferilizers sparingly

  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces

  • Pick up after your pets

  • Fix all car leaks

  • Wash your car at the car wash

  • Vegetate bare spots in your yard

  • Compost your yard waste



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