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Test Your Stormwater Knowledge!

click on the link below to participate in the 2013 Survey provided by the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy

2013 Stormwater Survey

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STORMWATER NEWSLETTER- WINTER 2013/14

Seasonal Tips for Protecting Our Waterways in Winter

CLICK HERE

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StormwaterPA Video

Lower Salford Township Bullfrog Creek

Riparian Buffer

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THIS INFORMATIVE VIDEO ON THE IMPORTANCE OF RIPARIAN BUFFERS

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Stormwater Basins and Rain Gardens help

to reduce mosquito population

Click on the link below for an informative flyer

on how you can help

Fewer Mosquitoes

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YOU CAN HELP TO PROMOTE STORMWATER

MANAGEMENT EFFORTS

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           Stormwater is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt. The water seeps into the ground or drains into what are commonly called 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 stormwater runoff.

          Lower Salford Township, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is currently taking steps to prevent stormwater pollution through a Federally mandated program that seeks better stormwater management. The Township adopted a Stormwater Management Ordinance on March 2, 2005. It identifies illegal discharges into stormwater systems and provides penalties for violations.

Listed below are some ways that you can help prevent stormwater pollution:

  • Properly dispose of hazardous substances such as oil, cleaning supplies and paint. Never pour them into the storm sewer system.
  • Properly and efficiently use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides to prevent excess amounts into runoff
  • Pick up after pets and dispose of their wastes in the toilet or in the Dogipot Pet Stations when using the community path.
  • Wash your car on grass or gravel instead of on the street or in the driveway. Or better yet, take your car to the carwash where the water is treated and recycled.
  • Report signs of soils and other pollutants, such as debris and chemicals that you see in stormwater runoff or tracked into the roads
  • Install innovative stormwater practices on your property, such as rain barrels or rain gardens
  • Report any discharges from stormwater outfalls during dry weather-a sign that there could be a problem with the stormwater system
  • Store materials that could pollute stormwaters indoors and use containers for outdoor storage that do not rust or leak.
  • Sweep up driveways, sidewalks and gutters
  • Never dump anything down storm drains or in streams
  • Vegetate bare spots in your yard
  • Compost your yard waste
  • Use least toxic pesticides, follow labels, and learn how to prevent pest problems
  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces;consider a rain garden to capture rainwater
  • Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil
  • Have your septic tank pumped and inspected regularly
  • Reuse and recycle paint and paint thinner or take it to a local hazardous waste collection location
  • Keep all litter off the street and place it in receptacles so that it does not get washed or blown down storm drains
  • Service your car regularly to prevent gasoline, oil, brake and transmission fluids, and antifreeze from leaking onto the pavement and washing into our streams
  • Recycle product containers made of glass, plastic and aluminum
  • Use absorbent materials like kitty litter or toweling to soak up any spills, then sweep up and dispose of these items properly - never dilute spills with water
  • Blog about it! Click here to enter the Perkiomen Rain Gardens blogspot

Township Illicit Discharge Detection HOTLINE: 215-256-8087

Please call the Township if you witness an illicit discharge to or from the Township's storm sewer system: 215-256-8087. If you choose, you may also contact DEP Directly at the Illicit Discharge Detection Hotline: 484-250-5900.

 

As an active participant in the 5-year NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) program, Lower Salford Township is taking many steps to reduce stormwater pollution:

 

  • Assists the Montgomery County Conservation District in monitoring the proper installation and effectiveness of silt fence in filtering soil and other debris from stormwater leaving construction sites.

 

  • Minimizes run-off from topsoil stockpiles and excavated areas by monitoring straw, mulch or hydroseed ground covers for such areas.

 

  • Prevents pollution of stormwater by being environmental stewards in the operation and maintenance of municipal vehicles and maintenance and inspections of stormwater facilities.

 

  • Use of well designed drainage swales, which allow absorption of water for plants and soil and creation of buffers/no-mow zones along watercourses throughout the Township. An award-winning riparian buffer, for example, has been created at the Ted Dannerth Park near the Stormfield development.

 

  • Mapping all stormwater discharge points from stormwater system outfalls and monitoring such outfalls for discharges during dry weather which could signal a failure within the system

 

  • Initiate and develop an identification marker system at roads and curbs adjacent to our stormwater inlets. This is to increase public awareness that stormwater systems feed our creeks, streams, ponds and lakes and need to be free of debris, oil and other pollutants. The Township is seeking volunteer groups to assist us in the effort! If your group is interested contact Assistant Township Manager Mary West at 215-256-8087 or email to:    mwest@lowersalfordtownship.org

 

  • Development of public information initiatives

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DELAWARE ESTUARY REGIONAL STORM DRAIN

MARKING PROJECT

Volunteers needed to help keep our waterways clean 

Most stormwater flows into storm drains (also called sewer inlets) in the street, many of which empty directly into local creeks that eventually make their way to the Delaware River.  Polluted stormwater harms these waterways, which we rely on for drinking water and recreation.  You can help make our waterways safer for drinking, fishing and swimming by keeping pollutants and trash out of the storm drains.  The drain markers are an important step in making residents aware of the stormwater runoff pollution problem.  All marking supplies are provided by the Township.  If you are interested in learning more about this very important project, please contact Mary L. West, Assistant Township Manager, at 215-256-8087.

Thank you to the following participants for marking the storm drains in their neighborhood:

Stefan Bergman and Jocelyn Stauffer – 35 drains marked

Alexander Bimson & 20 Volunteers - 186 drains marked in 4 different neighborhoods. Below are pictures of Alex (left) and the other volunteers preparing to mark another drain.

    

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WHAT CAN YOUR BUSINESS DO TO HELP?

"10 Good Housekeeping Practices Your Business Should Employ"

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE BROCHURE

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RAIN BARRELS & RAIN GARDENS

Water is not unlimited on our earth and concerned people are starting to ask what can be done about it.  Being able to capture rainwater on your own property for future use in your garden was the topic discussed by Kristina Henderson (picture left), from the Montgomery County Conservation District. Kristina explained about stormwater best management practices (BMP’s) for the homeowner and followed up with a rain barrel demonstration. Another way you can help reduce stormwater pollution is to build a rain garden in your own backyard. You can capture rainwater from your roof and driveway and divert it into a beautiful rain garden, where it can slowly soak into the ground. Mimicking the natural absorption and pollutant removal abilities of a forest or meadow, rain gardens can absorb runoff more efficiently that a standard lawn.  

Get more information about rain gardens at www.raingardennetwork.com. 

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LINKS TO TOWNSHIP STORMWATER REGULATIONS:

ACT 167 WATERSHED REGULATIONS (Township Ordinance No. 2005-02)

APPENDICES A-D

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DEP Illicit Discharge Detection HOTLINE: 484-250-5900

If you witness an illicit discharge to or from the Township's storm sewer system, please report it to the DEP at the number above immediately. The Township appreciates your voluntary cooperation with the suggested "stormwater best managment practices" described at the top of this page.

 

For more information on Stormwater and the NPDES,
please visit the following EPA and DEP websites:

Click here to view the publication: "A Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Management": Homeowner's Guide (pdf)

Visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency NPDES/Stormwater Program : Click Here!

Perkiomen Watershed Rain Gardens Blog: click here

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection "Stormwater Management Program": Click Here!

MS4 Program Basics:  click here  

EPA MS4 Fact Sheets: click here

EPA MS4 Overview: click here

EPA Public Education & Outreach on Stormwater Impacts: click here

EPA After the Storm: click here

EPA Stormwater Outreach Materials: click here

EPA Stormwater BMP Menu: click here

Montgomery County Conservation District (MCCD): click here

Rain Barrel Resources: click here

Montgomery County Water Resources Plan: click here

DEP Southeast Regional Office: click here

Perkiomen Rain Garden Blog: click here

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