& STORM WATER WEBSITES
Begin at the general DEP website:
From the list of DEP Keywords, choose "Water Topics";
then the following subjects can be selected from the
drop down list:
1. Select "
Stormwater Management" to access information on the
Pennsylvania Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP)
Manual and related training info.
announcements", there is information on NPDES
General Permits and the revised Pennsylvania Stormwater
general information", there is various storm water
technical information", there is information on Act
167, Post-Construction Storm Water Management, and
various other storm water topics.
general permits", there is NPDES permit information,
the MS4 resource CD, the MS4 annual report form and
Protocol (and also the Notice of Intent form and the
request for waiver form), and Urbanized Area maps.
2. Select "
Water Management", then "
Bureau of Watershed Management" to access
information on County Conservation Districts, Growing
Greener, Watersheds, TMDLs, and other various water
3. Select "
Water Quality" to access information related to
existing surface water uses, stream re-designation, 303d
impaired waters, TMDLs, and fish consumption advisories,
as well as other various water related topics.
For information on the
PA Codes, and other
public participation topics, click
DEP MS4 Protocol (3900-PM-WM0100h)
DEP General MS4 Permit (PAG-13) (3900-PM-WM0100e)
MS4 Annual Report form
Pennsylvania's 2008 Integrated Water Quality Monitoring
and Assessment Report
Public 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
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
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:
- Use less fertilizer on lawns
- Recycle used oil
- Pick up pet wastes
- Dispose of household hazardous wastes
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.