Stormwater Fee - Coming 2019

Federal & State Mandates Increase
Township Stormwater Management Costs
New Stormwater Fee Set for 2019

 

Federal and State regulations will immediately increase stormwater management costs in Lower Paxton by more than $1 million per year, from a current spending level of about $2.5 million per year to about $3.6 million per year in 2019. To meet the cost of these regulations, a Stormwater Fee must be added to sewer bills.  Funds will be used to meet Federal and State requirements, including the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit and other water quality obligations. Projects will be designed to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion, and improve the health of Paxton Creek, Beaver Creek and Spring Creek in Lower Paxton, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The Township has been under state mandate to reduce Paxton Creek sediment for several years.  Over the next several months, a series of public meetings will be scheduled to inform residents, businesses, churches, schools and other ratepayers about the Stormwater Fee and how the fee will be used. The Stormwater Fee will be billed on the quarterly Sewer bill and is slated to begin next year.

 

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Upcoming Stormwater Fee Meetings:

September 4, 2018 at 5:30 pm
Lower Paxton Township Municipal Center
About the Meeting:
The Board of Supervisors will meet with Raftelis (contractor working on Stormwater project) to review rate options.
Raftelis has been in the process of organizing and developing various ways to calculate the rate payment for the Stormwater Fee.
This meeting is an information-gathering session for the Supervisors.

CLICK HERE FOR THE PRESENTATION FROM RAFTELIS
presented on 9/4/18 to the Board of Supervisors

 

Please stay tuned for future meeting dates!

 

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MS4 Program

An MS4 is an acronym for a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. It’s a system of stormwater conveyances and structures owned or operated by a public agency that does not connect to the sanitary sewer system and does not lead to a wastewater treatment plant. It discharges untreated water into local drainageways, streams and rivers.  Pennsylvania’s MS4 program is implemented by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which fulfills this role to comply with federal mandates under the Clean Water Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has an oversight role because they are the federal agency charged with managing the Clean Water Act.  The authorization that MS4 communities get from the DEP to legally discharge stormwater into local stream and rivers is called an “NPDES” permit which stands for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.  To meet the terms of their NPDES Permit, communities need to develop what’s called a “Stormwater Management Program” (SWMP). Communities that discharge stormwater into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, such as Lower Paxton Township, are also required to develop a “Pollutant Reduction Plan” (PRP).

State Municipal Stormwater Page

Federal Municipal Stormwater Page

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

 

 

 

 

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.

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