You can make a difference and help us keep our local waters clean. As a visitor to this site, you’ve already taken the first step: getting informed. Step two: adopt a couple of clean water habits, such as:
- Picking up after your pets and disposing of their waste properly
- Applying fertilizer and pesticides in the proper amounts. Besides costing more, excess fertilizers just run off your lawn and into streams, where they cause nutrient-loading which in turn deprives aquatic species of proper oxygen levels
- Maintaining your vehicle properly, and most importantly, not dumping oil or any type of fluid down storm drains*
- Washing your vehicle on grassed areas so that water with pollutants filter down through the ground and do not run directly into the storm drain system
- Not littering, as litter often washes away along with storm water and can be ingested by fish, birds, or other wildlife
*Please note that most vehicle repair businesses accept used motor oil. The Township Municipal Building also has a list of vendors that accept motor oil, batteries, AC fluids, and construction waste.
Our stormwater program is federally-mandated and operated though the PA DEP. While this is a "mandated" program, it is beneficial for humans and wildlife because it lessens—and makes us more aware of—our impact on the environment.
In Pennsylvania and nationwide, almost all municipalities the size and population of Bethlehem Township must meet six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs).
The six MCMs are as follows:
1. Public Education and Outreach
2. Public Participation and Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post-Construction Stormwater Management in New Development and Redevelopment
6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations and Maintenance
Each municipality subject to the regulation must implement a stormwater management program that contains every one of these elements. Each municipality must meet all requirements by the end of their 5-year permit term. The Township is in substantial compliance with the BMP requirements of this program.
If you see problems with the stormwater inlet or piping system, please call Public Works at 610-814-6442.
Links & Downloads
For more information regarding healthy household habits (lawn and garden/pet care/car washing), please feel free to download these informational brochures.
FEMA Flood Zone Map
This map will create an overlay of the FEMA Flood Zones. Simply input your Bethlehem Township address below. This map includes Address Search, Printing, Measures, and a sharing feature. The National Flood Hazard Layer is taken directly from FEMA.
for the Bethlehem Township FEMA Ordinance Resolution.
Bethlehem Township created nether the parcel boundaries or the FEMA flood Zone mapping layers. We can not guarantee the accuracy of the mapping due to overlay deviations from multiple data sources, or geographic and digital distortion that can occur. The map is to be used only as a general tool for determining proximity and should you desire an official determination of any potential conflict, contact your property owners insurance provider, or the US Department of Home Land Security, One Independence Mall, 6th Floor, 615 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19106 or visit them online at http://www.fema.gov/
for specific details.