DEP Stormwater Management
Storm water is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavements when it rains or when snow and ice melt. The water seeps into the ground or drains into what we call storm sewers. These are the drains you see at street corners or at low points on the sides of streets. Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff.
Storm water becomes a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants as it flows or when it causes flooding and erosion to stream banks. Storm water travels through a system of pipes and roadside ditches that make up storm sewer systems. It eventually flows directly to a lake, river, stream, wetland, or coastal water. All of the pollutants storm water carries along the way empty into our waters, too, because storm water does not get treated!
Falls Township 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.
Source: PADEP’s “When it Rains, It Drains” Brochure.
Additional Links To Helpful Information
http://www.dep.state.pa.us/ (Keyword: DEP stormwater)
Additional NPDES & storm water links
- Complete HomeTownNews Article on Stormwater
- Things to Keep in Mind if you Have a Septic System or Sanitary Sewer System
- 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Runoff Pollution
- What is Stormwater Runoff? Why is it a Problem?
- Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff
- When it Rains, It Drains