Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow melt flow over land and impervious surfaces and does not infiltrate into the ground. Water runoff from streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil, grease and many other pollutants and discharge untreated into our lakes, streams and rivers. This untreated discharge is detrimental to our water quality as it can adversely affect our drinking water supply and environment. Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution. Because stormwater pollution is caused by so many different activities, traditional regulatory control will only go so far. Many Best Management Practices (BMPs) such as requiring detention/retention/infiltration basins for new construction are already in place to help keep our water clean.
Sellersville Borough regulates stormwater management which goes above and beyond typical BMPs through a permit that is obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) through the National Pollution and Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). This is a Federal requirement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) that is administered by the State. The NPDES Permit has six minimum control measures that are to be regulated and enforced by the Borough. These minimum control measures include:
Tips for Residents
An excellent reference for citizens looking to help with improving our water resources quality is “A Homeowners Guide To Stormwater Management” prepared by the Office of Watersheds for the City of Philadelphia.
You can also get information on how to get more actively involved in reducing water pollution by contacting the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy.
If you witness an illicit discharge or see runoff from construction sites, you may call the Borough office at (215) 257-5075 or the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation Southeast Region Office at (484) 250-5900 (24 hours/day)
Tips for Contractors
The following websites for more information on stormwater management: