West Lampeter Township is taking action to reduce stormwater pollution!
What is stormwater pollution? As rain and snowmelt flow across the hard surfaces in our community, it can pick-up a variety of polluting substances including heavy metals, bacteria, fertilizers, grass clippings, and trash. Much of this stormwater runoff drains into road inlets and pipes, and is then discharged directly into our local streams: the Conestoga River, Mill Creek, and Pequea Creek. These pollutants are harmful to the fish and wildlife that depend on clean water to thrive. They are also harmful to us!
Did you know that our public drinking water comes from the Conestoga River? The City of Lancaster spends a lot of money to make sure that our water is safe to drink- and the cost keeps getting higher.
To reduce stormwater pollution, and improve local water quality, West Lampeter Township must develop, implement, and enforce a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP). This task is required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit which regulates stormwater discharges from the Township’s municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4): a series of inlets, catch basins, pipes, and swales that collect, convey, and discharge stormwater directly into our streams.
The permit only regulates the MS4 located in the designated urbanized areas of the Township which are based on US Census data.