The March issue of PA Township News contains an 11-page special article on what is expected of municipalities in meeting MS4 stormwater pollution reduction requirements.
The deadline for submitting general permit applications to DEP is September 16, but with the required public participation requirements, the deadline for actually completing a local plan is August 3.
The requirement is for municipalities with a water quality impaired stream anywhere in the state and in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed in particular (nearly half of Pennsylvania) to develop a plan to reduce sediment discharge, or the reason a stream is impaired, by 10 percent over the next 5 years.
The MS4 stormwater pollution reduction permit regulation is a federal Clean Water Act requirement. The program also helps Pennsylvania meets its obligations under the Chesapeake Bay Program.
The same PA Township News also includes an article on how Stormwater Fees Can Help To Pay For The Latest MS4 Mandates under two recent state laws.The PA Township News is a monthly magazine published by the PA State Association of Township Supervisors. For more information and to purchase single copies, visit the PA Township News webpage.