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When It Rains, It Drains An Overview of Upper Merion Township’s New Storm Water Management Program.

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1 When It Rains, It Drains An Overview of Upper Merion Township’s New Storm Water Management Program

2 Clean Water

3 Let’s Talk About... n What storm water is and why it can be a problem in our township. n What our township is doing to manage storm water and how these activities will benefit us.

4 What is Storm Water? n Rain events n Snow melt n Other surface runoff and drainage

5 Where Does Storm Water Go In Our Township? n Travels over land n Carried through municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) n Discharges into various creeks and streams (Crow, Trout Run, Frog Run, Matsunk, Gulph Mills Creeks) within the Township. n Ultimately these creeks and streams discharge into the Schuylkill River.

6 A “Point” of Confusion: Point Source vs. Nonpoint Source n POINT source –Travels through a conveyance system –Regulated under permit program n NONPOINT source –Runoff that is not a point source –Addressed through voluntary programs

7 Why is Storm Water a Problem? n Problem: Decrease in quality n Problem: Increase in quantity n Cause: Developed and disturbed land

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12 Why is Storm Water a Problem? n Problem: Non-storm water discharges enter systems n Cause: Illicit discharges n Cause: Illicit connections

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14 Storm Water Pollutants n Sediment n Nutrients n Bacteria n Oxygen Demand n Oil and Grease n Trace Metals n Toxic Chemicals n Chlorides n Thermal Impacts

15 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 (b) Report Update

16 Now We Know About Storm Water and Its Impacts on Upper Merion Township... But What Are We Doing About It?

17 Storm Water Permit Program for Small Communities n New federal regulation requires a permit for our township. n The township has submitted and obtain an (MS4) permit from PA DEP. n PA DEP created state permitting program to meet federal regulations.

18 What Does Our Permit Require? n Implement a storm water management program. n Track progress toward goals. n Report on our progress.

19 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

20 Public Education and Outreach n Distribute educational materials developed by PA DEP. n Develop outreach plan for the township.

21 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

22 Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination n Review DEP’s model ordinance and adopt a Township ordinance. n Develop storm sewer system map on GIS. n Implement program to detect non- storm water in system. n Educate community on problems related to dumping in storm sewers

23 Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control n Update current Township Ordinance No to reflect current DEP and MCCD regulations. n Continue to coordinate with County Conservation District –Erosion and Sediment Control Program –NPDES Construction Storm Water Permitting n Educate construction industry

24 Post-Construction Storm Water Management n Review PA DEP’s model storm water management ordinance and create a Township ordinance. n Ensure proper operation and maintenance of post- construction controls

25 Pollution Prevention/ Good Housekeeping n Implement a program that focuses on pollution prevention. n Train Township employees on good housekeeping practices. n Educate Township residents on pollution prevention.

26 How Will Our Storm Water Program Benefit Upper Merion Township?

27 Expected Benefits of Upper Merion Township’s Storm Water Program n Enhanced opportunities for recreation n Reduced flood damage n Drinking water benefits n Navigational benefits n Reduced illness n Enhanced aesthetic value

28 How Can You Get Involved? n Pass on information about the storm water program to other township residents. n Report any storm water issues to Mr. Edward O’Brien, Acting Director of Public Works at

29 For More Information... n See Upper Merion Township Web site at n Contact Mr. Edward O’Brien, Acting Director of Public Works or Mr. Michael E. Capaldi, Engineering Coordinator at n See DEP Office of Water Management Website at atermgt/watermgt.htm. atermgt/watermgt.htm atermgt/watermgt.htm


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