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  • StormwaterPA - SWM Regs
    Protection Agency EPA manages the permitting process in some states in Pennsylvania the PA DEP administers the program and establishes permits for MS4s industrial sites and any construction activities which disturb more than one acre of land This might sound straightforward enough but there are additional layers new programs and evolving permit requirements to consider all of which can make coordination and management of stormwater programs pretty complex Adding to the mix is Pennsylvania s unique system of power sharing amongst different levels of government as laid out in the Pennsylvania Storm Water Management Act of 1978 more commonly known as Act 167 The Act requires counties to create watershed level stormwater management plans and individual municipalities to adopt ordinances to implement the plans Key moving targets to keep an eye on include EPA s National Rulemaking process TMDLs or total daily maximum load especially important is the pollution diet for the Chesapeake Bay and PA s Watershed Implementation Plan WIP which is DEP s proposal for our role in bringing the Bay back to health and Changes to PA s Chapter 102 requirements and MS4 Permits Related News from our Blog MS4 Permit Extension and Renewals Saturday 17 September 2011 At long last PA DEP and US EPA have reached agreement on PA s MS4 Permit The delays have pushed deadlines back 9 months NOIs are now due September 2012 and the permit deadline is March 16 2013 The following information gives you what you need to know Read Full Post MS4 Regulations MS4 Permit NOI PAG 13 NPDES PA DEP Comments 0 First 1 2 3 4 5 6 SWM Regs in PA MS4 Program NPDES Permits Get Local Federal Requirements Since 1972 the federal Clean Water Act has prohibited the discharge of any pollutant to waters of

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/swm-regs.html?page=6 (2016-04-30)
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  • StormwaterPA - Site Design
    ordinance subdivision and land development ordinance and other local requirements and encourages developers to consider stormwater an integral part of any development concept right from the start The Procedure calls for a planning approach whose broad goals include protecting water quality enhancing water availability and reducing flooding it begins with an assessment of the site and its natural systems within the context of its watershed and proceeds through multiple feedback loops to arrive at a comprehensive stormwater management plan Members of the Brandywine Conservancy Environmental Management Center s team of water and landscape specialists contributed to the DEP Manual and have continued to evolve its thinking ever since its release StormwaterPA has partnered with the Conservancy to create a guided tour through the land development process from initial planning to final design You can view the interactive online by clicking the Start Demo link on the right You can also order it on CD by following this link Planning Take an Interactive Tour The Site Design Procedure for Better Stormwater Management offers a multimedia look at the steps a developer should take to understand a site s natural features and create a plan that fits It also highlights the municipal

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/site-design.html (2016-04-30)
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  • StormwaterPA - Low Impact Development
    extensively for sidewalks paths and parking areas and typically had stone filled recharge beds built underneath to purify runoff before enabling it to seep back into the ground Infiltration beds were also used underneath non porous driveways while rain gardens vegetated swales and other landscape features were incorporated throughout the site to mitigate any potential impacts from runoff It s always best if you can to keep the water on site and percolate it down through the ground right where it falls As time goes on people will come to desire these types of communities and we hope to be able to use that as a marketing feature here Scott Campbell Owner Brownstone Real Estate Company After an extensive site investigation soil and infiltration tests took place It was determined that the pre development stormwater runoff condition was essentially zero for both rate and volume of runoff because the many closed depressions acted as small catchments It was agreed that rather than over engineer to create a costly and ineffectual collection and conveyance system the site would be treated as though runoff could occur during extreme weather events For volume control the various BMPs were designed so there would be no increase in stormwater or rainwater runoff volume for the 2 year 24 hour storm For peak rate control and to prevent localized flooding the various BMPs were interconnected with a shallow piping system capable of conveying 2 year through 100 year flows without overtopping the BMPs or creating damaging flooding In the end more than 100 storage infiltration BMPs have been distributed throughout the site Each was located and sized according to its drainage area and accounts for both storage volume and the amount of surface area required to spread out the water to avoid over concentrating infiltration With

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/low-impact-development.html (2016-04-30)
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  • StormwaterPA - Cherry Creek: A Conservation Design
    ready shorts from the case study Share them directly via newsletters and social media by embedding the Vimeo codes Use the QR Code images on signs postcards posters and other cool stuff You can learn more about how you can use QR Codes in our QR Code Guide Whatever you do please let us know what technique you use and send us your own great ideas for getting these videos out This excerpt talks about the business decision that led to a development that s a model of conservation design Share the Link to the Snippet http bit ly SWPADesign1 Share the QR Code click for full size image This short looks at the many benefits that come from leaving trees along waterways including habitat beauty better air quality and the waterway s health Share the Link to the Snippet http bit ly SWPADesign2 Share the QR Code click for full size image This excerpt shows that flexible thinking on both sides of the table can lead to a project that s an all round success Share the Link to the Snippet http bit ly SWPADesignSuccess Share the QR Code click for full size image This short talks about the

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/cherry-creek.html (2016-04-30)
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  • StormwaterPA - BMP Manual - Chapter 3
    stormwater at the state level although some state level management occurs through the Stormwater Management Act and the NPDES permitting program All municipalities regardless of their specific setting are encouraged to enact the most comprehensive stormwater management ordinances possible They should also work with their watershed neighbors to integrate their individual municipal actions within the watershed as a whole BMP Manual Chapters BMP Manual Introduction BMP Manual Chapter 1 BMP

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/bmp-manual-chapter-3.html (2016-04-30)
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  • StormwaterPA - Green Schools: Albert Greenfield Elementary
    residents use This model of environmental stewardship features an indigenous woodland forest garden porous pavement permeable recycled play surface an agriculture zone and trees that provide migratory bird and butterfly habitat as well as much needed shade Along with its community improvement and learning enrichment goals the Greening Greenfield effort is intended to develop a model that can be replicated in other Philadelphia public schools Like What you See Want to spread these ideas Share a Mobile Friendly Snippet Check out these mobile ready shorts from the case study Share them directly via newsletters and social media by embedding the Vimeo codes Use the QR Code images on signs postcards posters and other cool stuff You can learn more about how you can use QR Codes in our QR Code Guide Whatever you do please let us know what technique you use and send us your own great ideas for getting these videos out This excerpt looks at how an effort to beautify a schoolyard became a model for sustainability that an entire neighborhood enjoys Share the Link to the Snippet http bit ly SWPAGreenSchools1 Share the QR Code click for full size image This short looks at a schoolyard

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/green-schools-albert-greenfield-elementary.html (2016-04-30)
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  • StormwaterPA - Solving Runoff Block by Block
    how community members can help keep local waterways clean Share a Mobile Friendly Snippet Check out the mobile ready shorts below Share these shorts directly via newsletters and social media by embedding the Vimeo codes Or use the QR Code images on signs postcards posters and other cool stuff You can learn more about how you can use QR Codes in our QR Code Guide Whatever you do please let us know what technique you use and send us your own great ideas for getting these videos out In this excerpt Reverend Williams talks about the willingness of neighbors to do their part when they learn that capturing runoff can prevent their basements from flooding while providing free water for watering plants washing cars and other everyday use Share the Link to the Snippet http bit ly SWPARunoffReverend Share the QR Code click for full size image This excerpt looks at the many simple things property owners can do to help prevent flooding and keep local waterways clean Share the Link to the Snippet http bit ly SWPARunoffHomeowners Share the QR Code click for full size image This short shows how porous paved sidewalks manage runoff and prevent pollution from

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  • StormwaterPA - Greener, Healthier Play: Herron Playground
    Stormwater Initiative has more information on this project The original recreation center site was mostly impervious cover lacking vegetation as well as the capacity to manage stormwater runoff One of the project s objectives was to capture 100 of the site s first inch of stormwater and recycle it back into the landscape areas To accomplish this the existing structures and pavement were demolished and the site was restored as a public urban green space for all age groups The renovation s overall design focused on three key features a rain garden basketball court and playground New plant cover added to the site during this project included 70 trees 136 shrubs 2 500 grasses and 650 perennials The basketball court and rain garden work together to collect and disperse rain water There s a storage tank under the basketball court s porous surface that captures the stormwater This captured rain water then flows into the rain garden 75 of the play and spray areas are either vegetative or porous Find more info about this Herron Playground project via the Temple Villanova Sustainable Stormwater Initiative Share this Mobile Friendly Video Want to spread the ideas from this video Here is a

    Original URL path: http://stormwaterpa.org/greener,-healthier-play-herron-playground (2016-04-30)
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