Forty Fort Public Works Department


Stormwater Management


When It Rains It DrainsPublic Education and Outreach on Storm Water Impacts

Public education and outreach is a key component of stormwater management. Well-planned public education and outreach programs will support and help achieve the goals of the other minimum control measures. Personal and household decisions can have a large impact on stormwater. From car washing to laundry detergent to dog walking, small alteration in daily activities can make a difference. Upper Southampton Townsh continues to take steps towards spreading awareness.

Stormwater is Everyone's Responsibility!

Did you know that the stormwater drains and inlets within your neighborhood have an important impact on the water quality of our streams?

Why? Because storm drains flow directly to nearby rivers and streams, not to wastewater treatment plants. Your city street is really like waterfront property and everything that rain washes off of your roof, yard, and driveway goes to the nearby water used for swimming, boating, and maybe even drinking. In addition, anything that is dumped into these drains, such as used motor oil, paint, or excess pesticides, goes directly into a local stream. Stenciling will remind everyone - homeowners, business owners, developers, and other citizens - not to dump anything into storm drains so we can protect our water from storm water pollution that may close beaches, cause unsightly weed and algae growth, and even kill fish!

This pollution comes from where?

From all of us! Storm water picks up litter, yard waste, excess lawn fertilizers and pesticides, leaking oil on streets and parking lots, pet wastes in parks and on lawns, and dirt from construction sites. All together, this adds up to more pollution than industries make!

What can I do to help?

Never dump substances down a storm drain that you wouldn't swim in or drink. Spread this simple message to everyone you know. Other ways to help include:

For more information check out The PA Department of Environmental Protection at

BMP Fact Sheets:

The fact sheets in this section describe BMPs and how to use them to help municipal stormwater programs and construction site operators comply with the stormwater Phase II requirements.

EPA has started updating these fact sheets to include new practices and technologies. Several of these updated fact sheets are now available in PDF format.

   Developing Municipal Outreach Programs
     Developing an Outreach Strategy
   Promoting the Stormwater Message
     Classroom Education on Stormwater
     Stormwater Outreach for Commercial Businesses
     Tailoring Outreach Programs to Minority and Disadvantaged Communities and Children
     Using the Media
   Stormwater Outreach Materials
     Educational Displays, Pamphlets, Booklets, and Bill Inserts
     Promotional Giveaways
     Stormwater Outreach Materials
   Education for Homeowners
     Alternatives to Toxic Substances
     Chlorinated Water Discharge Options
     Landscaping and Lawn Care
     Pest Control
     Pet Waste Management
     Proper Disposal of Household Hazardous Wastes
     Residential Car Washing
     Trash and Debris Management
     Water Conservation Practices for Homeowners
   Education for Businesses
     Automobile Maintenance
     Pollution Prevention for Businesses
     Promoting Low Impact Development