Federal & State Mandates Increase
Township Stormwater Management Costs
New Stormwater Fee Set for 2019
(Will Appear on July 2019 Quarterly Authority Bill)
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 (see below for list of projects) will be designed to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion, and improve the health of Paxton Creek in Lower Paxton, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The Township has been under state mandate to reduce Paxton Creek sediment for several years. The Township Authority will oversee the billing process and collection of the Stormwater Fee.The Stormwater Fee will be billed on the quarterly Sewer bill and is slated to begin July 2019. Septic residents (who do not receive quarterly sewer bills) will receive a Stormwater Fee bill.
How much is the fee?
The Authority passed Resolution 19-01 establishing a Stormwater Fee in the amount of $32 per quarter for a Single Family Residential Parcel (1 ERU).
Owners of Non-Single Family Residential Parcels shall pay user fees based upon the number of square feet of impervious surface area (3,400 square feet equals 1 ERU).
NSFR's above 1 ERU shall be calculated by multiplying the total number of ERU's by the ERU unit rate of $32 per quarter.
What will the fee be used for?
In order to fulfill requirements of Federal and State regulations, Lower Paxton Township operates a MS4 program and has submitted a Pollutant Reduction Plan as well as applied for an NPDES permit.
The Permit is still under review with the State.
These programs require projects to be completed to reduce sediment and target load reductions.
The projects planned for 2019 - 2021:
Please Note: All projects are subject to change and may extend over a several year period to complete.
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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).