Stormwater Management - EPA and the MS4 Program

In 1990 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began Phase I of the Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program for reducing stormwater pollutant discharges into surface waters. NPDES Phase I affected larger municipalities, industrial sites and land development larger than 5 acres. Phase I specifically affected the cities of Allentown, Erie, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In 1999 Phase II of the NPDES program was enacted. These new federal and state stormwater management regulations required all Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4's) which includes Lower Paxton Township and over 900 other Pennsylvania townships to apply for a NPDES permit in order to continue to discharge stormwater from the Township stormwater system to streams and tributaries of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lower Paxton Township submitted a Notice of Intent NPDES permit application to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and received an approved general permit to allow the Township to continue to discharge stormwater to streams. The permit requires that the Township develop and implement a stormwater management program that includes six components including Public Education, Public Involvement, Construction Site Runoff Management, Post-Construction Stormwater Management, Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, and Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention. It is hoped that the outcome of the program will be reduced pollution, enhanced fishing and recreation, improved drinking water quality and reduced flood damage.

There are many websites that have extensive information on stormwater management. Below are some that may assist the public gain knowledge on stormwater and what we all need to do to improve our environment.

Click on the logo and go to the DEP Stormwater Management page. 
Click on the logo and go to EPA's Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds page. 
Click on this logo and go to the Builders for the Bay website.
Click on this logo and go to the Center for Watershed Protection website.

 

Frequently Called Numbers

Main Switchboard
717-657-5600
Police Administration
717-657-5656
Public Works Department
717-657-5615
Sewer Department
717-657-5617
Parks and Recreation
717-657-5635
Supervisor's Voice-Mail
717-724-8327

Office Hours

Municipal Center (Administration, Community Development, & Sewer)
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Police Department Records Office
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Public Works Department
6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sanitary Sewer Operations
6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Friendship Center and the Parks and Recreation Department
Monday to Thursday -  5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday - 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.