Stormwater Management

Stormwater

Welcome to the Emmaus Borough Stormwater Management Information page. This page is designed to provide Borough citizens with quick access to information and resources to preserve and protect clean water in the Borough and the Lehigh County regional community. Emmaus Borough  is actively involved in a variety of programs and initiatives to meet various Statewide and National goals for clean water.  This page will focus on current and future EPA Administrative Orders, MS4 and other stormwater initiatives.

 

Environmental Advisory Council

The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) was jointly formed by the Borough of Emmaus and Upper Milford Township in January 2005. Comprised of eight members – four individuals appointed from each community – the EAC’s mission is to advise elected officials, local planning commissions, parks and recreation boards, as well as the public, in matters regarding the conservation, management, and protection of natural resources within the two communities. The council works to identify environmental problems, issues and trends affecting both municipalities and fostering cooperation between the regulatory boards and the public in making environmentally sound decisions. With input from the community leaders, conservation organizations and the general public, the EAC creates plans and programs that will help educate and inform the community about such issues as watershed protection, recycling and waste management, storm water management, land use, open space preservation, and protection of the Leibert Creek Watershed.

Environmental Advisory Council Facebook Page


Environmental Advisory Council Blog Spot

 

MS4 - Stormwater Management

 

Public Information 

Local residents have a role to play in stormwater management, which when combined together will have a positive impact on our environment and the water that is so important to us all.Stormwater originates from rainfall and other precipitation that runs off of surfaces all over the Borough - rooftops, streets, construction sites, lawns, fields, etc. Stormwater makes its way either along the surface or soaks into the ground. The surface water flows into swales, storm drains, and other natural water courses. As this water moved toward the streams and rivers, it will pick up loose things on the ground with it. This can include pollutants, sediment, leaves, trash, etc.

The Borough is actively involved in meeting statutory permitting requirements under state and federal law. The water that soaks into the ground becomes part of the groundwater. For the residents who get their water from wells or from the Borough of Emmaus, this becomes your drinking water. The Borough is therefore developing a variety of programs and strategies to enhance water quality through plantings, mowing strategies, implementation of stormwater management facilities and other "best management practices" (BMPs). We hope that you will find this information useful in learning about the requirements as well as tools to use on your own. 

 

Interested in Volunteering?

Please contact John Dychala at 610-965-9288 if you are interested in helping your community with storm water management. 

 

Storm Water Management - NPDES and MS4 Programs  

The Clean Water Act is the federal legislation that governs stormwater management. Stormwater point discharges to waters of the U.S. (pipes and drain pipes) are regulated using National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.

In 1999, federal regulations extended coverage of the NPDES program to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4’s) serving populations less than 100,000. IThe Borough became an MS4 community and as such is required to comply with the NPDES program. Under the NPDES stormwater program, the Borough is required to develop a stormwater management program that provides the details of how the community will comply with the requirements of the permit. Recently, both the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection have tightened the reigns on stormwater management requirements.  Therefore, the Borough is in the process of making numerous improvements to our stormwater management plans to be in accordance with these laws and requirements.

Permits are based on a framework of six minimum control measures.  EPA and DEP enforcement are based on these control measures.  The control measures are:

MCM 1 - Public education and outreach
MCM 2 - Public participation and involvement
MCM 3 - Illicit discharge detection and elimination
MCM 4 - Construction site runoff control
MCM 5 - Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment
MCM 6 - Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance

More information on this program is available from the Pennsylvania DEP website by clicking here.
 

PAG-13 AUTHORIZATION TO DISCHARGE UNDER THE NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) GENERAL PERMIT FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGES FROM SMALL MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS (MS4s) APPROVAL OF COVERAGE 

 

MS4- SAMPLE 2018-2023 NPDES MS4 PERMIT - Outlines the Requirements of MS4

PAG-13 AUTHORIZATION TO DISCHARGE UNDER THE NATIONAL POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (NPDES) GENERAL PERMIT FOR STORMWATER DISCHARGES FROM SMALL MUNICIPAL SEPARATE STORM SEWER SYSTEMS (MS4s) APPROVAL OF COVERAGE 

 

ADDITIONAL STORMWATER RESOURCES

There are several other informational websites for you to research stormwater and the importance of clean waterways.  We encourage you to visit the PA DEP and US EPA websites for more information as well as one of our local organizations: The Wildlands Conservancy and the Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley!

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection MS4 webpage

United States Environmental Protection Agency stormwater webpage

Wildlands Conservancy

Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley

 

Interactive Learning Workbook for Children

Click on the workbook link here to download our stormwater workbook for children.  It is a workbook that includes information, puzzles, pictures, and lots of opportunities for our children to learn about the importance on stormwater and environmental protection.