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What is stormwater?
Stormwater is drainage runoff from the surface of the land resulting from precipitation or snow and ice melt. Stormwater runoff can carry pollutants and is transported through storm sewers and surface conveyances (e.g., channel, swale ditch) into streams, creeks, and rivers.
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Why has the importance and cost of stormwater management increased?
In the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with regulating stormwater pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA). Portions of the stormwater requirements of the federal CWA are administered under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program. As part of our 2019 MS4 permit, Bethlehem Township is faced with new unfunded mandates, resulting in the need to spend considerably more money over the five-year permit cycle than ever before to improve water quality and address the requirements set forth by PADEP.
How do I affect stormwater runoff?
Stormwater management involves managing rainwater that is not absorbed by our lawns and gardens. Impervious surfaces on your property may impact the quantity of stormwater runoff that will be managed by Bethlehem Township. Also, household tasks such as car washing and use of fertilizer can impact stormwater quality. All residents utilize the stormwater system, and everyone should play a role in supporting its maintenance and upkeep.