OUR WATER. TAKE IT PERSONALLY.
Upper Salford Township adopted a Stormwater Management Ordinance (Ordinance 2005-2) on February 8, 2005. A new subchapter of the Stormwater Management Ordinance (Ordinance 2006-1), addressing stormwater management for properties in the East Branch Perkiomen Creek Watershed, was adopted on April 19, 2006.
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 when 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.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System" (MS4):
for more information on the MS4 stormwater management program.
Important ways to prevent storm water pollution:
What is an Illicit Discharge?
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:
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.
For additional Information, click here
To Report Illicit discharges, click here
Where to go to continue the information flow:
Your community is preventing storm water pollution through a storm water management program. This program addresses storm water pollution from construction, new development, illegal dumping to the storm sewer system, and pollution prevention and good housekeeping practices in municipal operations. It will also continue to educate the community and get everyone involved in making sure the only thing that storm water contributes to our water is . . . water! Contact your community’s storm water management program coordinator of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for more information about storm water management.
Public Participation and Education:
Increase your Environmental and Stormwater Awareness and Get Involved!
Presentation on Watersheds, Riparian Buffers, Water Conservation, Stream Pollution, Conservation Plans, etc.
Other Sites to visit:
PA Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)
Building Towards Cleaner Water
Stormwater and the Construction Industry - BMP Maintenance Poster
Protecting Water Quality from Agricultural Run Off
Montgomery County Conservation District Agricultural Program:
Contact Guy Meyer (610-489-4506 x14)
Nutrient Management Program
State Funding Opportunities & Resources for Agriculture BMPs:
PA CREP - Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program
PA REAP - Resource Enhancement and Protection
Contact Mary Bender (717-787-8821)
Best Management Practices
Gas Stations – Auto Repair:
Good Housekeeping Practices for Auto Maintenance, Repair, and Fueling Operations
here to watch the video
"After the Storm", a half hour television program co-produced
by EPA and The Weather Channel, providing tips on preventing runoff from residential and commercial properties, farms,
construction sites, automotive facilities, forestry operations, and others. After the Storm
Click here to watch the video “Stormy Weather”, depicting a gritty look at the hazards of stormwater runoff in Philadelphia.