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.


Under " announcements", there is information on NPDES General Permits and the revised Pennsylvania Stormwater Model Ordinance.


Under " general information", there is various storm water related information.


Under " technical information", there is information on Act 167, Post-Construction Storm Water Management, and various other storm water topics.


Under " 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 related topics.


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 Bulletin, PA Codes, and other public participation topics, click here


The current DEP MS4 Protocol (3900-PM-WM0100h)


The current DEP General MS4 Permit (PAG-13) (3900-PM-WM0100e)


The current 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 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:

  • Use less fertilizer on lawns
  • Recycle used oil
  • Pick up pet wastes
  • Dispose of household hazardous wastes responsibly

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