Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow melt events flow over land and impervious surfaces and does not infiltrate into the ground. The runoff from streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil, grease, and many other pollutants and discharge into our lakes, streams and rivers. This untreated discharge is detrimental to our water quality as it can adversely affect our drinking water supply and environment. Many Best Management Practices (BMPs), such as detention/retention/infiltration basins, are already in place to help keep our waters clean.
Wrightstown Township regulates stormwater management through a permit that the Township is required to obtain for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) through the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. This is a Federal requirement from the Unites States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that is administered by the PADEP.
The permit includes 6 Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) which are:
Public Education and Outreach
Public Participation and Involvement
Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
Construction Site Runoff Control
Post-Construction Runoff Control
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
In addition, the Township was required to develop Pollution Reduction Plans to address sediment and nutrient impairments in the Neshaminy Creek and Jericho Creek. These plans have been approved by the PADEP and are included in the links below. The Township is also required to investigate potential sources in the Township that may contribute to the pathogen impairment in the Neshaminy Creek.
Questions or Illicit Discharges
If you have any questions about storm water or observe any pollutants or an illicit discharge entering the storm sewer, channels or creeks within the Township, please call the Township office at (215) 598-3313.
Here are some links that you may find helpful. These are provided in pdf format and may be referenced, downloaded or printed as necessary.
Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
What the Construction Industry Should Know About Storm Water
PRP - Neshaminy Creek - January 2019
PRP - Jericho Creek - January 2019
A Guide to Yard Waste and Lawn Care
No Dumping to Stormwater Inlets