LIST OF RESOURCES: please visit http://www.stormwaterpa.org/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:CLEANING THE CHESAPEAK BAY STARTS WITH IMPROVING LOCAL WATER QUALITY - CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT WE ALL CAN DO.
EAST COCALICO TOWNSHIP'S STORMWATER MGMT. PROGRAM
Ever wonder why there is a ditch or swale in your back yard? It’s no accident, these facilities are designed to manage the stormwater on your property and neighboring properties. Water runoff resulting from rainfall is a natural occurrence that provides numerous benefits to our environment. However, when excessive or unmanaged runoff occurs as a result of previous or current development, negative impacts may occur affecting the environment and local citizens. East Cocalico Township reviews proposed land development projects with the intent of preventing unwanted impacts through the implementation of the Township’s Stormwater Management Ordinance.
The Board of Supervisors adopted the current “East Cocalico Township Stormwater Management and Earth Disturbance Ordinance" (Ord. 2003-01) and the "Stormwater Managment" (Ord. 2014-04)to support the Township’s on-going goals of properly managing runoff and improving water quality. The ordinances incorporate requirements recommended by the PA DEP as a result of recent regional studies of the Cocalico Creek and Conestoga River watersheds. The general purpose of the Ordinance is to control and minimize stormwater runoff impacts resulting from development. The Ordinance requires stormwater runoff from new land development to be infiltrated and detained on-site in an effort to replenish groundwater aquifers, improve water quality, maintain natural stream conditions, preserve riparian buffer areas, and regulate the peak stormwater discharges from the development site. With limited exceptions, the ordinance applies to all residential, commercial, and industrial development, including single-family homes, barns, and home additions.
While potential stormwater impacts from large scale developments are obvious to most people, the cumulative impacts from smaller projects such as newly constructed single-family homes, barns, or home additions may not be as obvious. These small scale projects can create significant problems to adjacent or downstream properties.
As part of the Township’s stormwater management program, the Township maintains a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit with the intent of improving the water quality in our creeks, ponds and aquifers. The NPDES permit requires the Township to perform various activities ranging from public education to observations of pipe discharges in order to meet six minimum control measures. The six minimum control measures are:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation and Involvement
- Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Runoff Control
- Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
East Cocalico Township is committed to the principles of stormwater management and good land stewardship, while also acknowledging the need to accommodate reasonable and responsible growth in the Township.
To find out more about the Township’s Stormwater program or the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, please contact the Township office at 717-336-1720 or read more at the following links:
- Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan - Lancaster County Wide
- The National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, the Lancaster County Clean Water Consortium is sponsoring East Cocalico Township along with five other Boroughs and Townships
- Cocalico Creek Watershed
- Lancaster County Conservation District
- Chesapeake Bay Program
- Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Stormwater Management Program
- United States Environmental Protection Agency National Pollutant Discharge & Elimination System (NPDES)
The goals of the stormwater program are to reduce the discharge of pollutants, to protect water quality, and to satisfy requirements of the Clean Water Act. It’s easy to get involved.
Stormwater from your home and from the public streets goes into a storm sewer, which goes directly into streams. This water is not cleaned in any way and does not go to the wastewater treatment plant. The township needs its citizens to assist us in keeping our stormwater and stormwater sewer system clean by doing the following:
- Dispose of water properly
- Clean up after your pets
- Use fertilizers properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff
- Store materials indoors that could pollute stormwater
- Keep sediment from leaving a construction site
- Do not spill anti-freeze, chemical, liquid fuel, oil, etc.
- Illegal dumping into streams or storm sewers (call 911)
East Cocalico Township is currently participating in a study to evaluate our stormwater management program and receive recommendations on long-term financing solutions to ensure a comprehensive stormwater management program remains in place in the future that is in compliance with our federal and state regulations and that helps conserve our environment.
We are one of six municipalities participating in this study, which is the first of its kind that takes a regional approach to stormwater management. By collaborating across municipalities in the County, there is opportunity to reduce long-term costs and improve the efficiency of stormwater management.
On October 10, 2012, the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners adopted Blueprints: Blueprints: An Integrated Water Resources Plan for Lancaster County (Act 247 and 167) and Lancaster County Act 167 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).