Stormwater management concerns the control of water (from rain, melting ice or snow) that runs off the surface of the land. The amount and rate of runoff is increased considerably as land is developed; construction of impervious surface (e.g. parking lots) hinders the infiltration of rainfall into the soil. Therefore stormwater management is imperative to offset the possible impacts of development â€“ flooding and erosion problems, concentration of flow on neighboring properties, damages to infrastructure, and non-point source pollution (i.e. pollution that comes from general drainage of the land such as runoff from parking lots and farmland).
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II stormwater program requires that Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) address the six required elements contained in the federal regulations to reduce water pollution:
Construction Site Runoff Control
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Post-construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment
Public Edication and Outreach
Public Participation and Involvement
What is Stormwater:
Storm water is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt. The water seeps into the ground or drains into what we call storm sewers. These are the drains you see at street corners or at low points on the sides of streets. Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff. Stormwater becomes a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants as it flows or when it causes flooding and erosion of streambanks. Stormwater travels through a system of pipes and roadside ditches that make up storm sewer systems. It eventually flows directly to a lake, river, stream, wetland or coastal water. All of the pollutants stormwater carries along the way empty into our waters, too, because stormwater does not get treated.
Water Quality Hotlines:
Residents can help report violations or problems they notice in their neighborhood and local streams before they cause more damage and pollution. Residents sometimes may be the first to recognize “illicit” discharges dumping into storm sewers or coming out of from storm sewer outfalls. You can help by promptly reporting the following events to the authorities listed below.
Here are some of the conditions that you should report and who to contact:
|Violation||Who to Contact|
|Sediment leaving a construction site in stormwater||Bucks County Conservation District|
|Observed pollution event or pollutants in stream||Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection|
|Clogged or leaking sewer lines; Broken water mains||Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority|
|Spills||Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection spills hotline|
|Illegal dumping activity into water courses||Langhorne Borough; Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection|
|Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (72 hours after a rain storm)||Langhorne Borough|
|Fish Kills||Pennsylvania Fish Commission, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection|
|DEP Water Quality Hotlines||484-250-5900 1-800-541-2050 (toll free), Anytime, including evenings and weekends|
|Off site discharge of sediment, erosion, and other improper controls during construction||Bucks County Conservation District 215-345-7577, mail photo and send full address and directions|
|Clogged or leaking sanitary sewer lines; sewage smell in creek||Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority 215-343-2538, After hours, call 911|
|Fish kills, illegal fishing||PA Fish Commission: 717-626-0228, Also call DEP Water Quality Hotline|
|Dry weather outfall flows (discharges to stream from outfall pipes after 72 hours of no rain)||Langhorne Borough 215-757-3768, Weekdays during working hours|
|Broken water mains||Bucks County Water and Sewer Authority 215-343-2538, 24 hour|
The Weather Channel produced â€œAfter the Stormâ€ a documentary about the effects of polluted storm water runoff on rivers, lakes and coastal waters. The program will also demonstrate simple things citizens can do to help protect their local watersheds.
Educational Matrials For Homeowners and Residents:
After the Storm
Make Your Home the Solution To Stormwater Polution
Water Efficient Landscaping
What Happens After the Flush
When It Rains It Drains
Where Does All the Dirty Water Go
Stormwater Basic Information
Educational Materials For Builders and Developers:
EPA Stormwater Outreach Materials
When It Rains It Drains
Don’t Let Storwater Run Off With Your Money
Does Your Constructions Site Need A Stormwater Permit?
Stormwater and The Construction Industry
Reference for our community waste pick up-
A great big thank you to the Cub Scouts of Pack 19. They took on a service project to clean out storm drains in the Borough. Leaves and debris in the street clog the drains, cause flooded streets, clog pipes and cause algae to bloom which harms the fish life in our waterways. Thank you Cub Scouts of Pack 19 for taking care of some of our storm drains and our community.