3Let’s Talk About. . .What storm water is and why it can be a problem in our township.What our township is doing to manage storm water and how these activities will benefit us.
4What is Storm Water? Rain events Snow melt Other surface runoff and drainage
5Where Does Storm Water Go In Our Township? Travels over landCarried through municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4)Discharges into various creeks and streams (Crow, Trout Run, Frog Run, Matsunk, Gulph Mills Creeks) within the Township.Ultimately these creeks and streams discharge into the Schuylkill River.
6A “Point” of Confusion: Point Source vs. Nonpoint Source Travels through a conveyance systemRegulated under permit programNONPOINT sourceRunoff that is not a point sourceAddressed through voluntary programs
7Why is Storm Water a Problem? Problem: Decrease in qualityProblem: Increase in quantityCause: Developed and disturbed land
14Storm Water Pollutants SedimentNutrientsBacteriaOxygen DemandOil and GreaseTrace MetalsToxic ChemicalsChloridesThermal Impacts
15PA Water Quality and Storm Water Impacts Total of 83,161 stream miles in PA54% of total assessed18.1% of assessed waters degradedUrban runoff #3 source of impairment1187 miles of rivers and streams14.5% of all impaired river and stream milesFrom (b) Report Update
16But What Are We Doing About It? Now We Know About Storm Water and Its Impacts on Upper Merion Township. . .But What Are We Doing About It?
17Storm Water Permit Program for Small Communities New federal regulation requires a permit for our township.The township has submitted and obtain an (MS4) permit from PA DEP.PA DEP created state permitting program to meet federal regulations.
18What Does Our Permit Require? Implement a storm water management program.Track progress toward goals.Report on our progress.
19Our Storm Water Program Public InvolvementPost-Construction Storm Water ManagementGood Housekeeping and Pollution PreventionPublic EducationConstruction Site Runoff ManagementIllicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
20Public Education and Outreach Distribute educational materials developed by PA DEP.Develop outreach plan for the township.
21Public Involvement/Participation Provide public noticeCreate an public involvement planHold a public meeting on the programStart a volunteer programWater Quality MonitoringStorm Drain StencilingStream Clean-Ups
22Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Review DEP’s model ordinance and adopt a Township ordinance.Develop storm sewer system map on GIS.Implement program to detect non-storm water in system.Educate community on problems related to dumping in storm sewers
23Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control Update current Township Ordinance No to reflect current DEP and MCCD regulations.Continue to coordinate with County Conservation DistrictErosion and Sediment Control ProgramNPDES Construction Storm Water PermittingEducate construction industry
24Post-Construction Storm Water Management Review PA DEP’s model storm water management ordinance and create a Township ordinance.Ensure proper operation and maintenance of post-construction controls
25Pollution Prevention/ Good Housekeeping Implement a program that focuses on pollution prevention.Train Township employees on good housekeeping practices.Educate Township residents on pollution prevention.
26How Will Our Storm Water Program Benefit Upper Merion Township?
27Expected Benefits of Upper Merion Township’s Storm Water Program Enhanced opportunities for recreationReduced flood damageDrinking water benefitsNavigational benefitsReduced illnessEnhanced aesthetic value
28How Can You Get Involved? Pass on information about the storm water program to other township residents.Report any storm water issues to Mr. Edward O’Brien, Acting Director of Public Works at
29For More Information. . .See Upper Merion Township Web site atContact Mr. Edward O’Brien, Acting Director of Public Works or Mr. Michael E. Capaldi, Engineering Coordinator atSee DEP Office of Water Management Website at