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BOROUGH OF MACUNGIE

Lehigh County, Pennsylvania  

STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Macungie Borough is required to address the impacts of stormwater runoff as part of the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Phase II of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program.

This program focuses on controlling the quantity of stormwater reaching water resources in larger metropolitan areas and on improving the quality of  the nation's streams, rivers and lakes by managing stormwater runoff from smaller municipalities, urban areas adjacent to municipalities and construction sites over 1 acre.  This program is intended to reduce the amount of runoff generated from new development and the levels of pollutants carried by stormwater runoff. These regulations require Macungie Borough to develop and implement a comprehensive stormwater management program.

Most water quality problems can be attributed to pollution carried by stormwater runoff. In undisturbed landscapes, rainwater runoff is part of the natural hydrologic cycle. Vegetation, soils, and a wide range of organisms filter, absorb, and use rainfall in their living processes. Evaporation and transpiration takes place. Excess precipitation infiltrates into groundwater and flows into surface waters, recharging aquifers and supporting aquatic life. The entire system is affected when the landscape is changed: impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, rooftops, etc.) prevent runoff from percolating into the ground and cause it to pick up debris, sediments, chemicals, and other pollutants as it moves over the ground.

Stormwater Runoff Affect

Check out websites that give great information for residents to help control the quantity and improve the quality of the stormwater from their property:

Stormwater PA

Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center

Read the Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater if you are interested in developing and implementing a stormwater management plan for your property.

STORM DRAINS VS. SANITARY SEWERS

It's important to understand the difference.  Storm drains and sanitary sewers have two distinct functions.

Storm drains collect and transport runoff from rainfall.  Typically these are the drains found in streets and in parking lots.  Storm drain systems do no remove pollutants from water before it is discharged into streams and rivers.

Sanitary sewers collect wastewater from indoor plumbing such as toilets, sinks, washing machines and floor drains and take it to a sewage treatment plant.  The treatment plant removes any pollutants from wastewater before it is discharged to the river.

The Borough invites you to participate in its stormwater program by being a good steward. Follow label directions when using fertilizers and pesticides around your home. Store chemicals in a dry, safe environment and dispose of old containers properly. Keep grass clippings and leaves away from streams and ditches. Property owners that are not connected to the Borough sewer and have a septic tank, should have it inspected annually and have it pumped every 3 to 5 years to ensure the system is functioning properly. Revegetate or cover any bare areas on your lawn to reduce soil erosion. 

Our streams and rivers are valuable, but limited, resources. We rely on these waters for drinking water, electricity and recreational opportunities. Their quality is important to everyone. Please do your part in protecting our streams and rivers by adopting the common sense strategies outlined above.

To help raise public awareness of what happens to stormwater runoff, click to an article entitled "WHEN IT RAINS, IT DRAINS".

 

Here are other articles:

VEHICLE Maintenance Affects Stormwater Runoff

 LAWN and GARDEN Effects

Helpful Tips for PAINT Disposal

Other HOUSEHOLD Pollutants

10 Commandments for a Healthy Yard

(pdf file)

When It Rains, It Drains

(pdf file)

Household Habits for Clean Water

(pdf file)

Pet Waste Poster

(pdf file)