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  • StormwaterPA - To Enhance Quality of Life
    will continue to change hundreds of thousands of acres of natural landscape every year and this will not only increase this impact but affect our natural and built communities for generations to come Smart Growth Low Impact Development and Watershed Planning are but a few of the methods being utilized to ensure that the developments we undertake today minimize our impacts in the short term as well as the long Incorporating comprehensive stormwater management approaches into our thinking can significantly improve the quality of life on a specific site within a given community and throughout an entire region Clean healthy waterways provide a range of recreational opportunities from swimming and rafting to fishing bird watching or simply enjoying a day at the beach or a hike in the woods These activities make for healthier individuals nurture the human spirit and benefit local economies by making for desirable places to live work raise families and more Managing Runoff For Flood Prevention To Improve Water Quality For The Economy Where Do You Want to Live Given a choice who would not prefer the visually attractive character giving qualities of a diversely vegetated landscape over one that is entirely graded and paved Besides

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  • StormwaterPA - MS4 Program
    into their stormwater management programs Public education and outreach Public involvement and participation Illicit discharge detection and elimination Construction site runoff control Post construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance Each MCM has a series of suggested best management practices BMPs associated with it to guide permit holders in program development tracking and reporting Pennsylvania has close to 1 000 jurisdictions that are considered small municipal seperate stormwater systems MS4s and therefore require Phase II permits To download DEP s list of MS4s click on the following link Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems MS4s within Urbanized Areas in Pennsylvania Related News from our Blog Networking Together for Action Tuesday 21 May 2013 Now more than ever partnerships are KEY to getting things done Inspired by celebrating 10 years of the Schuylkill Action Network I take a look at our latest partnership powered project Read Full Post Chesapeake Bay Education Delaware Estuary MS4 ms4 schuylkill action network san clean your water chesapeake bay cumberland county alliance for the chesapeake bay Comments 0 Report Back from the Chesapeake Watershed Forum Thursday 04 October 2012 Over the weekend I participated in the Chesapeake Watershed Forum in West Virginia I learned quite a lot met some inspiring water advocates and took a few photos of the area as well Read Full Post Education Chesapeake Bay TMDL MS4 chesapeake watershed forum alliance for the chesapeake bay photos reign in the rain Comments 0 1 2 Last National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System SWM Regs SWM Regs in PA NPDES Permits Get Local Help is Here PA MS4Web After numerous conversations with DEP municipal staff consulting engineers and advocates StormwaterPA and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council PEC have collaborated with CBI Systems Ltd on the development of

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  • StormwaterPA - NPDES Permits
    permit coverage More recently NPDES Phase II regulations added permit coverage for small construction activities that disturb one to less than five acres Effective December 7 2002 DEP integrated the federal Phase II NPDES requirements into the existing Pennsylvania Phase I NPDES permit for stormwater discharges associated with construction activities NPDES Construction Permit An important distinction between Phase I and II is that the small construction activities only require permit coverage when the activity disturbs one to less than five acres and will result in a point source discharge to surface waters of the Commonwealth Most construction related NPDES permits are administered by County Conservation Districts through delegation agreements with DEP Conservation districts process and authorize the permit applications conduct site inspections respond to complaints and in certain circumstances conduct enforcement actions Related News from our Blog MS4 Permit Workshop Schedule Released Sign up now Friday 30 December 2011 Registration is open for workshops covering The Right Way to Apply for or Renew Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System MS4 Permits The Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors are presenting these FREE workshops across the state with DEP and EPA presenters but space is limited so it s best to sign up now Read Full Post MS4 NPDES Regulations TMDL MS4 permit training application PA DEP Comments 0 SWM Regs SWM Regs in PA MS4 Program Get Local How Does This Affect You All construction projects that disturb 1 acre or more of land and result in a stormwater discharge must have either an individual stormwater permit or coverage under one of Pennsylvania s general permits Operators of sites disturbing less than one acre must also obtain a permit if their activity is part of a larger development with a planned disturbance of one acre or more For permitting purposes disturbance

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  • StormwaterPA - Get Local
    a more holistic goal of sustaining our rivers and watersheds We have moved away from the build a detention basin mentality and embraced a variety of green techniques such as maintaining natural landscapes creating stormwater wetlands and incorporating pervious pavements green roofs and bioretention features in order to retain filter and infiltrate precipitation on site The goal of the Commonwealth s stormwater management program is to provide very different municipalities with the flexibility to adapt to local conditions while still encouraging rigorous programs that integrate with others in the larger watershed s of which they are a part As a result it is municipal level codes and ordinances that provide the mechanisms for meeting the Commonwealth s clean water goals Related News from our Blog A Healthy Wissahickon We All Have a Part to Play Monday 26 January 2015 After a successful soft release screening event at the historic Ambler Theater last Fall GreenTreks Network is excited to bring its latest mini documentary to StormwaterPA Read Full Post Education Delaware Estuary TMDL Comments 0 Love this new tool Hydrographs com Wednesday 12 March 2014 Created by environmental engineer Adam Erispaha this new web tool helps you compute a stormwater runoff hydrograph Read Full Post BMPs hydrographs new apps environmental engineer hydrology drainage stormwater runoff tech Comments 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 Last SWM Regs SWM Regs in PA MS4 Program NPDES Permits Stormwater Ordinances Shortly after releasing the PA Stormwater BMP Manual in 2006 DEP unveiled a Model Ordinance to act as a guide for municipalities in developing their own local ordinances The intent was that the new MS4 Permit would require all MS4s to adopt this Model Ordinance or an even more stringent version developed for local conditions In some counties where ACT 167 plans have been

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  • StormwaterPA - What happens to Superfund sites after a Superstorm?
    PCBs and Dioxin into the Passaic River in New Jersey Both of these cancerous contaminants swept onto a local baseball field which then had to be decontaminated You can hear more about the problems from last year s storm in the Morning Edition story With stormwater we know that it carries pollutants along with it So how concerned should we be about Superfunds In an article from last week the Wall Street Journal writers point out that of New York s and New Jersey s 198 Superfund toxic waste sites 45 are within a half mile of coastal areas vulnerable to storm surge According to the EPA several sites were impacted by the storm However Larry Ragonese a spokesman for the New Jersey s environmental agency is quoted in the WSJ saying Superfund sites were not inundated by tidal surges However as worrisome as the possibility of flooding impacts at these Superfund sites is there are other important contamination fears as well WNYC s recent article discusses how bacteria and oil in the flood waters may be of even more of a concern to nearby Brooklynites than the nearby Superfund site of the Gowanus Canal Of course when cleaning up after a flood you should ALWAYS be careful and take the necessary precautions Be sure to check out the EPA s booklet on Flood Cleanup and the Air in Your Home From Superfunds to oil spills to bacteria there is a lot that can be in the flood waters But with major storms in the future what are the steps we can be taking now to decrease huge problems Comments 0 Name Email Website Notify of New Replies Allowed tags b i br Add a new comment Preview Post RSS Feed Tags green infrastructure education Green City Clean Waters schuylkill

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  • StormwaterPA - Blog Tags
    to Superfund sites after a Superstorm Monday 19 November 2012 11 45 00 After hearing Morning Edition s coverage of how toxic chemicals may have been carried in the flood waters I examine flood water contamination in nearby states Read Full Post National flood contamination superfund npr wall street journal wnyc new york new jersey sandy storm surge Comments 0 Personal Responsiblity for Stormwater How should it work Thursday 17 November 2011 10 00 00 Officials and environmentalists are increasingly stressing that controlling the negative impacts that come from excessive runoff starts at home In Pittsburgh where the government is under pressure to prevent flooding the small things individuals can do really add up Read Full Post Education Regulations Pittsburgh Western PA individual flooding personal action green infrastructure Comments 0 RSS Feed Tags green infrastructure education Green City Clean Waters schuylkill water quality watershed philadelphia water department stormwater runoff events pollution Categories Education Green Infrastructure Chesapeake Bay National Guest Commentary Funding Regulations MS4 BMPs Research stormwater on Aaron and Darren sharing insights on positive influence of PowerCorpsPHL on people community health PhillyH2O https t co sDcvpr5mmS StormwaterPA org 1 week ago Gardening on ur mind How about riverhealthy landscaping Thoughts

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  • StormwaterPA - Blog Tags
    contamination What happens to Superfund sites after a Superstorm Monday 19 November 2012 11 45 00 After hearing Morning Edition s coverage of how toxic chemicals may have been carried in the flood waters I examine flood water contamination in nearby states Read Full Post National flood contamination superfund npr wall street journal wnyc new york new jersey sandy storm surge Comments 0 Cleanup at Superfund Site Opens Up Possibily of Land Reuse Tuesday 14 February 2012 13 01 34 The contaminated land of a former leather company in NY is taken off the Superfund list after a successful cleanup It s important to take a moment to applaud this feat Read Full Post National superfund EPA new york region 2 contamination pollution cleanup Comments 0 RSS Feed Tags green infrastructure education Green City Clean Waters schuylkill water quality watershed philadelphia water department stormwater runoff events pollution Categories Education Green Infrastructure Chesapeake Bay National Guest Commentary Funding Regulations MS4 BMPs Research stormwater on Aaron and Darren sharing insights on positive influence of PowerCorpsPHL on people community health PhillyH2O https t co sDcvpr5mmS StormwaterPA org 1 week ago Gardening on ur mind How about riverhealthy landscaping Thoughts from B Gutowski morrisarboretum

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  • StormwaterPA - Blog Tags
    waters I examine flood water contamination in nearby states Read Full Post National flood contamination superfund npr wall street journal wnyc new york new jersey sandy storm surge Comments 0 RSS Feed Tags green infrastructure education Green City Clean Waters schuylkill water quality watershed philadelphia water department stormwater runoff events pollution Categories Education Green Infrastructure Chesapeake Bay National Guest Commentary Funding Regulations MS4 BMPs Research stormwater on Aaron and Darren

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