Pollutant Reduction Plan
Notice is hereby given that a copy of the Penn Township, Lancaster County, Pollutant Reduction Plan for stormwater discharges of nutrients and sediment to local surface waters and the Chesapeake Bay will be available for public review and comment on July 27, 2017. This Plan includes stormwater system maps; the existing loading rates of sediment, phosphorus, and nitrogen; the required pollutant reductions as identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection; proposed stormwater Best Management Practices (“BMPs”) to achieve the minimum required pollutant reductions; the project sponsors, partners, and probable funding sources for each BMP; and the responsible parties for operation and maintenance of each BMP. This Plan is available for public inspection at the Penn Township municipal building located at 97 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545 between the hours of 7:30 am and 5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday. The Plan is also available on the Penn Township website at penntwplanco.org. A public review and comment period shall begin on July 27, 2017 and shall continue for 30 days until August 28, 2017. Comments must be made in writing and received on or before August 28, 2017. Questions may be directed to Sharyn Young, Township Planner, at 717-665-4508 or email@example.com.
What is Stormwater Management?
Stormwater originates from rainfall and other precipitation that runs off of surfaces all over our community like rooftops, streets, construction sites, lawns, and fields. Stormwater makes its way into swales, storm drains, natural water courses and it literally takes everything loose on the ground with it when it rains...pollutants, sediment, leaves, trash, etc. Penn Township is actively involved in meeting statutory permitting requirements under state and federal law. We are also active with partners in a variety of programs and strategies to enhance water quality through plantings, mowing strategies, and implementation of stormwater management facilities and other best management practices.
The Watershed Approach
How we now manage stormwater is through a watershed approach. It is no longer just about how water can be moved from point A to point B, but how the entire watershed "community" is affected by decisions made within it. Where water is directed and how its quality is impacted are the most common considerations made when land development projects are designed and agricultural conservation plans are implemented. But decisions made at your home, business, or farm play a part in all this as well.
Penn Township's Program
From a regulatory standpoint, we have obligations to ensure that the rate and volume of runoff is managed in addition to controlling the quality of water that is discharged. Stormwater must be managed not only on private property, but also on public property through the township's storm sewer infrastructure. The links on the right side of the page contain more information on our programs pertaining to stormwater runoff and links to outside websites and publications.
As a Resident, What Can I Do to Assist with These Efforts?
We're All In This Together
Penn Township needs all of its residents, businesses, and farmers to assist us in keeping our storm water and storm water sewer system clean by doing the following:
- Dispose of water properly.
- Clean up after your pets.
- Use fertilizers properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff.
- Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors.
Also, please monitor storm water inlets near your property. No one should dump anything into the storm sewer system. If you see someone dumping or observe any of the following, please call the Township Office at (717) 665-4508.
- Sediment leaving a construction site in storm water
- Spills (Chemical, Gas, Oil - PLEASE CALL 911 FIRST)
- Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers
- Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (72 hours after a rain storm)
Again, residents may be the first to recognize illicit discharges such as dumping into storm sewers or coming out of from storm sewer outfalls. If you see an illicit discharge, please report it to us so that we can help eliminate the problem.