Let’s Talk About... n What storm water is and why it can be a problem in your community. n What your community is doing to manage storm water and how these activities will benefit us.
What is Storm Water? n Rain events n Snow melt n Other surface runoff and drainage
Where Does Storm Water Go In Our Community? n Travels over land n Carried through municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) n Discharges into Crum, Darby, Chester, Ridley, Naamans, Marcus Hook, Brandywine Creeks and their related tributaries.
A “Point” of Confusion: Point Source vs. Nonpoint Source n POINT source –Travels through a pipe system –Regulated under permit program n NONPOINT source –Runoff that is not from a pipe –Addressed through voluntary programs
Why is Storm Water a Problem? n Problem: Decrease in water quality of local streams that results in a negative impact to fish, wildlife and recreation. n Problem: Increase in water quantity in streams that can lead to flooding n Cause: Developed and disturbed land especially disturbed land especially impervious surfaces impervious surfaces
Storm Water Pollutants n Sediment n Fertilizers n Bacteria n Trash and Debris n Oil and Grease n Trace Metals n Toxic Chemicals n Chlorides n Thermal Impacts
PA Water Quality and Storm Water Impacts n Total of 83,161 stream miles in PA –54% of total assessed n 18.1% of assessed waters degraded n 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
Now We Know About Storm Water and Its Impacts on Our Community... But What Are We Doing About It?
Storm Water Permit Program for Small Communities n New federal regulation requires permit for our community n PA DEP created state permitting program to meet federal regulation
What Does Our Permit Require? n Implement a storm water management program n Track progress toward goals n Report on our progress
Our Storm Water Program n Public Education n Construction Site Runoff Management n Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination n Public Involvement n Post-Construction Storm Water Management n Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention
Public Education and Outreach n Distribute educational materials developed by PA DEP n Develop outreach plan for community
Public Involvement/Participation n Provide public notice n Create an public involvement plan n Hold a public meeting on the program n Start a volunteer program –Water Quality Monitoring –Storm Drain Stenciling –Stream Clean-Ups
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination n Enact DEP’s model ordinance or update our existing ordinance n Develop storm sewer system map n Implement program to detect non- storm water in system n Educate community on problems related to dumping in storm sewers
Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control n Enact DEP’s model ordinance or update our existing ordinance n Coordinate with County Conservation District –Erosion and Sediment Control Program –NPDES Construction Storm Water Permitting n Educate construction industry
Post-Construction Storm Water Management n Adopt PA DEP’s model storm water management ordinance n Ensure proper operation and maintenance of post- construction controls
Pollution Prevention/ Good Housekeeping n Implement O & M program that focuses on pollution prevention n Train community employees on good housekeeping practices n Educate community on pollution prevention
How Will Our Storm Water Program Benefit Our Community?
Expected Benefits of Our Storm Water Program n Enhanced fishing n Enhanced opportunities for recreation n Reduced flood damage n Drinking water benefits n Navigational benefits n Reduced illness n Enhanced aesthetic value
How Can You Get Involved? n Pass on information about the storm water program to other community residents n Report any storm water issues to your local municipality
What can you do to help prevent storm water pollution n NEVER dump anything down the storm drains n Use ferilizers sparingly n Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces n Pick up after your pets n Fix all car leaks n Wash your car at the car wash n Vegetate bare spots in your yard n Compost your yard waste