Under the 1987 Clean Water Act Amendments, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency developed new stormwater regulations to address storm water that might impact water quality. These new regulations are set up in two Phases depending upon population. Phase I, which is already instituted, affected Allentown and Philadelphia and now U.S. EPA, through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is enforcing the Phase II portion of the regulation. There are about 1,000 municipalities in Pennsylvania that fall under the Phase II requirements. Those municipalities that are located within an "urbanized area" as defined by the 1990 Census and the 2000 Census were required to apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge stormwater from their municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4s). Following is a list of municipalities and public entities in Berks County that are affected.
To meet the NPDES permit requirements each municipality submits a permit application to DEP. The permit period runs for five (5) years. The permit application is basically an action plan for the municipality to institute six requirements called minimum control measures (mcm): 1. Public Education, 2. Public Participation, 3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination, 4. Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control, 5. Post-Construction Storm Water Management in New Development and Redevelopment, and 6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations Maintenance. The municipality will have five years to put these protocols into effect, however certain protocols must be completed earlier than others. Many of these six components are directly related to the PA Act 167 Stormwater Management Planning Program.
Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Act (Act 167)
For information on Act 167 Stormwater Management ordinances please contact the municipalitiy in which the watershed you are working in is located as shown in this map. In addition, please contact the Berks County Conservation District at (610) 372-4657 or view their Land Development Information page.
MS4 Educational Materials
DEP’s Stormwater Management Program website
List of MS4s within Urbanized Areas in Pennsylvania
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