_____________________________________________________________ LIMERICK TOWNSHIP - MSA UPDATE - Year 9
> The Year 9 of the MS4 permit ends on March 9, 2012.
> The new PaDEP MS4 permit will become effective March 16, 2013.
> Limerick's testing of the outfalls is in progress, and no illicit discharges have been detected. The Township is testing for chlorine, phenol, copper, detergents, and fecal coliform.
> All stormwater outfalls in the township are required to be screened twice before the permit expires.
> Public Participation Opportunities:
Perkiomen Waterhed Conservancy - Annual Stream Clean-Up - April 21
As awareness increases about the delicate nature of our environment, individuals are learning that every person can contribute to the health of our ecosystem.
Among the most important of all environmental issues is the management of Storm Water which is critical to keeping our water safe to drink and for the general health of the watershed system. Few people are aware that, next to Alaska, Pennsylvania has the most miles of streams and rivers in the country. Every resident can do something in everyday life to help protect our water system.
The Department of Environmental Protection has created many educational pamphlets to help increase the residents' knowledge regarding how they can help to protect our natural water resources. We have made both business and home forms available to visitors of this site in the PDF format.
Additional information regarding our all elements of our environment can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection web site.
How Businesses can help
- Construction Site Runoff Facts - Polluted urban runoff can be a major source of water quality problems in receiving waters. Road deicing activities, automobiles, atmospheric deposition, chemicals used in homes and offices, erosion from construction sites, discharges from industrial plants, wastes from pets, wastes from processing and salvage facilities, and chemical spills can all contaminate storm water runoff. <MORE>
- Handling and Disposal of Residuals
- Preventative Maintenance - Preventive maintenance involves the regular inspection, testing, and replacement or repair of equipment and operational systems. As a storm water best management practice (BMP), preventive maintenance should be used to monitor systems built to control storm water. <MORE>
- Spill Prevention Planning - Spill prevention is prudent both economically and environmentally, because spills increase operating costs and lower productivity. An important tool in preventing spills is a Spill Prevention Plan. <MORE>
- Employee Training - In-house employee training programs are established to teach employees about storm water management, potential sources of contaminants, and Best Management Practices (BMPs). <MORE>
- Dust Control - Dust controls reduce the surface and air transport of dust, thereby preventing pollutants from infiltrating into storm water. <MORE>
- Coverings - Covering is the partial or total enclosure of raw
materials, byproducts, finished products, containers,
equipment, process operations, and material storage
areas that, when exposed to rain and/or runoff,
could contaminate storm water. <MORE>
- Sample Construction Storm water Plan
- Does your site need a permit? - A Construction Site Operator’s Guide to EPA’s Storm water Permit Program <MORE>
How Individuals and Family's can help
- Take the Storm Water Runoff Challenge!
- Creek Friendly Yard Care - During winter, there are still some things that can be done to your yard which will help reduce the need for pesticides next growing season. <MORE>
- Fertilizer and You - You fertilize the lawn. Then it rains. The rain washes the fertilizer along the curb, into the storm drain, and into the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. This causes algae to grow, which uses up oxygen that fish need to survive. So if you fertilize, please follow directions and use sparingly. <MORE>
- Pet Waste - When your pets leave those little surprises, rain washes all that pet waste and bacteria into our storm drains. This pollutes our waterways. <MORE>
- Leaking Oil Hurts Too - Leaking oil goes from your car onto the street. Rain washes oil into storm drains and into the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. Now, imagine the number of cars in our region and you can imagine the amount of oil that finds its way into our local waterways. <MORE>
- How You Wash Your Car Matters - When you wash your car, all the soap, scum and oily grit runs along the curb and into storm drains and the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. This causes pollution which is unhealthy for people and fish. <MORE>
- Don’t Top Off at the Pump! - Did you know that “topping off”
gas tank after the nozzle clicks can cost money and cause pollution to our streams? <MORE>
- Septic Systems Tips - One source of bacterial pollution to our local creeks appears to be pollutants leaking from septic fields. <MORE>
- How Much Water Can a Tree Retain? - One mature tree reduces Storm Water runoff by over 1,000 gallons per year. <MORE>
- Principals and Suggestions - Rainfall happens and with it the inevitable runoff and resulting impacts. What we as a society do to address the influences we have on our environment will have far reaching implications on the health, safety and welfare of future generations as well as on us here and now. <MORE>
- We All Live Downstream - In natural areas, storm water is not a problem. Nature has managed storm water through the Hydrologic Cycle. Storm water has been recycled since the dawn of time. In developed areas, both urbanization and agriculture have altered the Hydrologic Cycle and the natural management of storm water People have tried to control storm water runoff, but in many cases have created greater problems, increasing flooding, erosion and pollution. <MORE>
- Urban Facts - The most recent National Water Quality Inventory reports that runoff from urbanized areas is the leading source of water quality impairments to surveyed estuaries and the third-largest source of impairments to surveyed lakes. <MORE>
- After the Storm - A guide for citizens <MORE>
- How Does Your Garden Grow? - Gardens can make a big difference. Here is a reference guide for rain gardens. <MORE>