An entire suite of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) have been developed, techniques that range from preserving natural systems and minimizing disturbances to alleviating unavoidable impacts when they do occur through various “structural” means. An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure when it comes to stormwater management—and prevention comes from planning ahead.Type your paragraph here.

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Most municipalities have catch basins on or along their municipal roads. The stormwater collected by these catch basins is then conveyed by pipes and swales to a retention pond or body of water. This system conveys stormwater runoff and is separate from the sanitary sewer system. These stormwater facilities are referred to as Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).

Why should we care about stormwater? It has always rained, and the rain has always gone down the street into the catch basin and disappeared. However, in most cases it didn't disappear. It flowed into the Lackawanna River, then into the Susquehanna River, and then to the Chesapeake Bay. So what? You might ask! Isn't that what is supposed to happen? Well actually, more than stormwater flowed into the rivers and the bay. Whatever was on the street or in your driveway: oil, dog feces, salt, dirt, chemicals, etc. was carried down the drain. These things, along with a lot of others, such as mine acid, fertilizer, and general debris have a negative impact on our waterways. They affect aquatic life, drinking water, fishing, swimming, and the enjoyment of the water itself. We know we can't keep all of these pollutants out of water, but we can reduce them. And we can make others aware that they can help also. Rain gardens, rain barrels, storm sewer stenciling, street sweeping, and so many more things can improve the quality of the water that flows to our rivers.We often think water is everywhere and always will be... maybe so, but can we be sure?

Or should we do a small part to protect our waterways now!

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The federal Clean Water Act (CWA) prohibits the discharge of pollutants into waterways without the appropriate permits. Pennsylvania’s Stormwater Management Act (better known as Act 167), MS4 Program, Chapter 102 (Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements), and NPDES Permit Program for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Construction Activities are amongst the Commonwealth’s methods for meeting the runoff-related requirements of the Clean Water Act.

For all practical purposes, though, implementation of stormwater management efforts in Pennsylvania occurs at the community level because individual municipalities are ultimately responsible for adopting zoning ordinances, subdivision and land development regulations, and other programs that keep their locality’s runoff under control.

Contrary to the common perception, properly planning for stormwater can accomplish this goal while speeding the permitting process, saving on construction costs, and resulting in profitable projects that enhance a community in multiple ways.

The stormwater requirements of the federal Clean Water Act are administered under the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Program. In December 2002, DEP issued a General Permit (“PAG-13”) for use by MS4s that fall under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II program, requiring the implementation of a stormwater management program for minimizing the impacts from runoff. Several extensions have occurred since the expiry of the initial 5 year permit period, the latest of which extended the permit expiration date to midnight on June 11, 2013.

After much debate and extensive delays, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection released its new permit requirements in late 2011, so all MS4s are working to understand how they are affected and prepare their applications before they are due. For more information, follow MS4 in the Blog.

Under the MS4 Program, permittees are required to incorporate the following six elements (known as minimum control measures, or MCMs) into their stormwater management programs:

Public education and outreach
Public involvement and participation
Illicit discharge detection and elimination
Construction site runoff control
Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance

Each MCM has a series of suggested best management practices (BMPs) associated with it to guide permit holders in program development, tracking, and reporting.

Pennsylvania has close to 1,000 jurisdictions that are considered small municipal seperate stormwater systems (MS4s) and therefore require Phase II permits. To download DEP's list of MS4s, click on the following link:

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) within Urbanized Areas in Pennsylvania



PUBLIC MEETING held on JANUARY 10, 2018 at 7:00 P.M.

The Boroughs of Forest City and Vandling held a joint public meeting on January 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Forest City Area Emergency Services building at 380 Railroad Street, Forest City, PA.  The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the ongoing stormwater management plan as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection NPDES Permit # PSI 132240 for Forest City  and Vandling’s NPDES Permit # PSSI 132241 and for the Boroughs’ Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4). The public was invited and encouraged to attend and participate in discussions and provide feedback and input. The following MS4 related activities were discussed:

  1. Overview of the MS4 program.
  2. Review of the Minimum Control Measures and associated Best Management Practices.
  3. Discuss updating the municipal website to include additional MS4 information.
  4. Discuss Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination.
  5. Discuss mapping requirements.   


The Borough's regular monthly meeting held on 12/3/2018 hosted guest speaker KBA representative, Dave Lamereaux.  Mr. Lamereaux and his associate offered a brief presentation on the MS4 permit and some of the efforts required to satisfy MS4 Permit public education requirements. He provided numerous handouts to the borough officials and the public in attendance. Handouts included the 2018 Requirements for the Borough, Winter tips with information about the impact of runoff from melting snow and ice flows. He shared information about the volunteer opportunities with the LRCA (Lackawanna River Corridor Association). information about the PennState Extension for "Master Watershed Steward" program and the application.


 Homeowners Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance 

SW_Booklet_2017 (pdf)


Ordinance #511_2018 StormWater mangmt (pdf)