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.
Phase I of this program focused on controlling the
quantity of stormwater reaching water resources in larger
metropolitan areas. Phase II focuses 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.
These programs are 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 that includes six minimum control measures:
public about the effects of stormwater runoff on water quality.
public as an active participant in managing stormwater runoff.
eliminate illegal pipes, culverts and similar conveyances carrying
non-stormwater discharges into streams and lakes.
stormwater runoff from new construction activities.
to see more information and helpful hints on construction runoff.
stormwater runoff from development sites following construction.
pollution prevention program for Macungie's operations including
training for Borough staff.
Most water quality problems can be attributed to
pollution carried by stormwater runoff. These pollutants originate from
a variety of sources: new construction, failing septic tanks, lawn care
activities, car maintenance activities, vehicle washing and pet wastes.
As these common sources of pollution suggest, we all contribute to
stormwater pollution, thus we can all choose to be part of the solution.
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
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 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
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and GARDEN Effects
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Commandments for a Healthy Yard
When It Rains, It Drains
for Clean Water