Stormwater Management in Borough Ordinances
The Public Works Department monitors storm water management according to the Borough’s Stormwater Ordinance (Borough Codes, Chapter XIV, Part B) and under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Permit.
MS4 - Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems
The Borough in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is taking efforts to improve the quality of stormwater run-off from properties in the Borough. The DEP is requiring all designated communities and other entities, such as the Borough who operate separate storm sewer systems, to implement additional stormwater management programs as part of an MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems) Permit.
Our Stormwater Management Program
Our stormwater management program includes six minimum control measures: public education, public involvement, construction and post-construction runoff management, illicit discharge detection and elimination, and good housekeeping/general pollution prevention.
The following documents provide more information on how the Borough will operate it's core stormwater management programs.
- MCM #1 - Public Education and Outreach Program
- MCM #2 - Public Involvement and Participation Program
- MCM #3 - Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program
- MCM #4 - Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control Standards
- MCM #5 - Post Construction Stormwater Management Standards
- MCM #6 – Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Program
- Facilities and Activities Master List: Standard Operating Procedures
- Operation & Maintenance of Municipal Operations
What is Stormwater Management?
Let's break it down
Stormwater is the natural source of fresh water that originates during precipitation events. When it lands on the ground, it infiltrates and recharges the aquifers that we get our drinking water from and rehydrates the plants and animals that make up our food.
Stormwater management takes place when the storm water does not infiltrate into the ground. The storm water then becomes surface runoff and needs to be managed in terms of quantity to prevent flooding, and quality to prevent pollution. In fact, Pennsylvania even has goals they set every year with regards to preventing water pollution.
State College Borough is an urban area with significant areas of impervious surface. Because humans have developed the land so that some of the surface is no longer permeable by stormwater, it is essential for communities to implement an efficient storm water management system.
Not Quite Quenched?
All members of the State College community can help with these stormwater improvement efforts. Check out these links for more on stormwater.