Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management is an important part of today's enviroment.  We all have an oppurtunity to contribute to cleaner waterways.  How can you help? Below is a guide containing some suggestions on how to contribute using your property.  

HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE TO STORMWATER

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIROMENTAL PROTECTION - STORMWATER INFORMATION

ENVIROMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) MS4 INFORMATION

Polluted stormwater runoff is commonly transported through Municipal Seperate Storm Systems (MS4s), from which is often discharged untreated into local waterbodies.  To prevent harmful pollutants from being washed or dumped into a MS4, operators must obtain a NPDES permit and develop a stormwater management program.

Minimum Control Measures and Best Management Practices
The MS4 Program contains elements called Minimum Control Measures (MCM) that when implemented should result in a significant reduction in pollutants discharged into receiving waters.  Each MCM requires implementation of Best Management Pratices (BMPs) to meet measurable goals according to an approved schedule.  Annual or periodic reports are also required.  In development and acativities that may affect stormwater runoff.

ORDINANCE 556 - STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

update 10/20/2015

Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs)

The following markers have been placed near stormdrains throughout the township. These are reminders to residents that "ONLY RAIN, DOWN THE DRAIN".   If you notice any items, besides stormwater, being dumped down our drains, complete the following form, ILLICIT DISCHARGE FORM and contact the muncipal office immediately.  Keep our waterways clean!

Stormwater runoff is precipitation from rain or snowmelt that flows over the ground. As it flows, it can pick up debris,chemicals,dirt,and other pollutants and deposit them into a storm sewer system or waterbody. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged into the waterbodies we use for swimming,fishing,and providing drinking water. To keep the stormwater leaving your home or workplace clean,follow these simple guidelines:

  • Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly.
  • Repair auto leaks.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste used auto fluids (antifreeze, oil, etc.), and batteries at designated collection or recycling locations.
  • Clean up after your pet.
  • Use a commercial car wash or wash your car on a lawn or other unpaved surface.
  • Sweep up yard debris rather than hosing down areas.
  • Compost or recycle yard waste when possible.
  • Clean paint brushes in a sink, not outdoors.
  •  Properly dispose of excess paints through a household hazardous waste collection program.
  •  Sweep up and properly dispose of construction debris like concrete and mortar.

For further information please visit the 3Rivers Wet Weather Website:  3Rivers Wet Weather

If you see illict discharge in your area, complete the following form and report it to the municipal office at your earliest convenience: CITIZEN COMPLAINT FORM- ILLICIT DISCHARGE DETECTION