Municipalities throughout the country are under a federal mandate requiring a stormwater management program for reducing pollution impacts from stormwater runoff. In 2003, Jefferson Hills Borough was issued a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency. Implemented through the Clean Water Act, the permit’s numerous requirements are through six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs). These six MCMs consist of the following:
MCM #1 Public Education and Outreach
Educate the public on stormwater pollution and prevention through various distribution methods.
MCM #2 Public Involvement and Participation
Promote environmental events for the public to participate.
MCM #3 Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
Develop, implement, and enforce a program to detect and eliminate stormwater pollution.
MCM #4 Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
Reduce stormwater pollution from construction sites within the Borough.
MCM #5 Post Construction Stormwater Management
Encourage activities such as low impact development, a post construction runoff ordinance, and operation and maintenance of stormwater best management practices.
MCM #6 Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
Educate and train municipal staff to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution from municipal buildings and operations.
The PADEP requires the municipalities to submit Progress Reports in order to track progress on each permittee’s stormwater management program. For the Borough’s 2013-2018 MS4 permit, Jefferson Hills is required to adhere to the following deadlines:
Progress Report 1 due December 4, 2015
Permit Renewal for 2018 to 2023 MS4 Permit due September 30, 2017
As a Resident, How Can You Help?
Being informed on stormwater management is a great way to help the Borough meet regulatory compliance for its permit. Reading through the articles below can provide valuable knowledge on stormwater. By being an informed citizen, you can help mitigate or stop the harmful effects of stormwater pollution. Getting involved at environmental events (stream cleanups, recycling, composting, etc.) and reporting stormwater pollution to the Borough are ways that you can improve stormwater management within Jefferson Hills.
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