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Storm Water

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  What is Stormwater? Stormwater is the precipitation that falls on roofs, lawns and paved areas and is carried away by a system of stormwater pipes, culverts and ditches.  Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff.  Storm water becomes a problem with it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, pet waste, and other pollutants as it flows into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking untreated.  Excessive debris can clog inlets, causing flooding and erosion of stream banks.  Property owners including homeowners, business owners and farmers can help reduce stormwater pollution. ( When it rains, it drains  )  Check out some frequently asked questions and information - STORMWATER FAQs - STORMWATER & FLOODPLAIN •  MS4 program information An MS4 is a municipal separate storm sewer system, meaning any storm sewers, swales,roadways, etc owned by the municipality within the EPA-designated “urbanized areas”.  The designated urbanized areas for Heidelberg Township and the associated MS4 can be seen on this map Operators of regulated small MS4s are required to maintain a stormwater program in compliance with the MS4 permit to reduce the discharge of pollutants to therequired levels, where applicable, or the maximum extent practicable, protect water quality andsatisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.  The Township shall educatethe public, encourage participation in stormwater-related projects/activities, prevent illicit discharges,address construction site runoff, inspect stormwater BMPs installed for stormwater management, and ensure good housekeeping and maintenance of Township facilities and municipally owned stormwatermanagement systems.  Under their MS4 permit requirements, the Township must address therequirements of the 6 Minimum Control Measures (MCMs). 1.  Public Education and Outreach Minimum Control Measure 2.  Public Participation/Involvement Minimum Control Measures 3.  Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Minimum Control Measure 4.  Construction Site Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure 5.  Post Construction Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure 6.  Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measure Information on the MS4 program and the 6 MCM’s can be found here: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/Stormwat er-Phase-II-Final-Rule-Fact-Sheet-Series.cfm
Heidelberg Township, Berks County
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Storm Water Information

  What is Stormwater? Stormwater is the precipitation that falls on roofs, lawns and paved areas and is carried away by a system of stormwater pipes, culverts and ditches.  Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff.  Storm water becomes a problem with it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, pet waste, and other pollutants as it flows into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking untreated.  Excessive debris can clog inlets, causing flooding and erosion of stream banks.  Property owners including homeowners, business owners and farmers can help reduce stormwater pollution. ( When it rains, it drains )  Check out some frequently asked questions and information - STORMWATER FAQs - STORMWATER & FLOODPLAIN •  MS4 program information An MS4 is a municipal separate storm sewer system, meaning any storm sewers, swales,roadways, etc owned by the municipality within the EPA-designated “urbanized areas”.  The designated urbanized areas for Heidelberg Township and the associated MS4 can be seen on this map Operators of regulated small MS4s are required to maintain a stormwater program in compliance with the MS4 permit to reduce the discharge of pollutants to therequired levels, where applicable, or the maximum extent practicable, protect water quality andsatisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the Clean Water Act.  The Township shall educatethe public, encourage participation in stormwater-related projects/activities, prevent illicit discharges,address construction site runoff, inspect stormwater BMPs installed for stormwater management, and ensure good housekeeping and maintenance of Township facilities and municipally owned stormwatermanagement systems.  Under their MS4 permit requirements, the Township must address therequirements of the 6 Minimum Control Measures (MCMs). 1.  Public Education and Outreach Minimum Control Measure 2.  Public Participation/Involvement Minimum Control Measures 3.  Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Minimum Control Measure 4.  Construction Site Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure 5.  Post Construction Runoff Control Minimum Control Measure 6.  Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Minimum Control Measure Information on the MS4 program and the 6 MCM’s can be found here: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/npdes/stormwater/Stormwater-Phase-II-Final-Rule-Fact-Sheet- Series.cfm
Heidelberg Township, Berks County
•  Illicit Discharges Federal regulations define an illicit discharge as any discharge to the storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of stormwater.  There are exceptions to this rule such as firefighting activities, landscape irrigation, foundation drains, water from crawl space pumps etc. Sources of illicit discharges include o  sanitary wastewater o  failing septic systems o  car wash waste water o  improper oil disposal o  radiator flushing disposal o spills from roadway accidents o improper disposal of household toxics or improper use of pesticides and herbicides etc. Illicit discharges enter the system either through direct connections (deliberate pipe hookups  to the storm drain system) or indirect connections (spills collected by drain outlets, or  deliberate dumping down the storm drain.) These illicit discharges drain directly to the creeks  and streams and may be loaded with a large amount of harmful and toxic substances.  These  pollutants enter the aquatic system and degrade the water quality and threaten wildlife and  human health.  Those who allow prohibited discharge to enter the Municipal Separate Storm  Sewer System (MS4) are in violation of the Stormwater Management Ordinance and can be  subject to a fine. Report suspected illicit discharges 
• Managing Stormwater and Preventing Stormwater Pollution Information and Tips  Important ways to prevent storm water pollution: o Properly dispose of hazardous substances such as used oil, cleaning supplies  and paint – never pour them down any part of the storm sewer system and report  anyone who does. o Use pesticides, fertilizers, and herbicides properly and efficiently to prevent  excess runoff. o Look for signs of soil and other pollutants, such as debris and chemicals, leaving  construction sites in storm water runoff or tracked into roads by construction  vehicles.  Report poorly managed construction sites that could impact storm  water runoff to your community. o Install innovative storm water practices on residential property, such as rain barrels or rain gardens, that capture storm water and keep it on site instead of  letting it drain away into the storm sewer system. o Report any discharges from storm water outfalls during times of dry weather – a  sign that there could be a problem with the storm sewer system. o Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors and use containers for outdoor storage that do not rust or leak to eliminate exposure of materials to  storm water. a. Homeowners – Homeowners can reduce runoff and pollution from their  property through proper lawn maintenance, adding rain gardens or cisterns,  maintaining on-lot sewage systems, and proper disposal of waste. i.   10 Things You can Do ii.   Composting iii.  Green Lawn iv.  Stormwater Monthly Planner v.   Solution to Pollution 
b. Businesses – Business owners should strive to reduce runoff from impervious  areas on their sites, properly dispose of trash and hazardous materials, and  monitoring outdoor activities. i.    General Business Information ii.   Automobile Service Facilities iii.  Restaurants 
c. Agriculture – The use of fertilizers and pesticides, animal wastes, and land  use along streams can impact water quality, but you can help! i.   Ag Conservation Plans ii.  Ag Runoff Fact Sheet
d. Developers – Developers are responsible for stormwater management,  erosion and sediment control and pollution prevention during construction of  large and small projects.  For additional information see: i.  Building Towards Cleaner Water ii. Construction BMP Maintenance 
e. Hazardous Material Recycling –      Berks County Solid Waste Authority