Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System MS4
Municipalities throughout the country are under a federal mandate requiring a stormwater management program for reducing pollution impacts from stormwater runoff. In 2003, Whitehall 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:
- Public Education and Outreach Program
Educate the public on stormwater pollution and prevention through various distribution methods.
- Public Involvement and Participation Program
Promote environmental events for the public to participate.
- Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
Develop, implement, and enforce a program to detect and eliminate stormwater pollution.
- Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
Reduce stormwater pollution from construction sites within the Municipality.
- 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.
- Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
Educate and train municipal staff to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution from municipal buildings and operations.
Being informed on stormwater management is a great way to help the Borough meet regulatory compliance for its MS4 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 Whitehall.
The detection of illicit discharges and connections is achieved through public complaints.
To report an illicit discharge to the Borough, download and complete the following form.
Mail, Fax, or Deliver to:
Borough of Whitehall Complex
100 Borough Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236
Assistant Borough Manager: Courtney M. Wertz
Phone: 412.884.0505, Ext. 320
ALCOSAN currently has a program called “Pups 4 Clean Water” to encourage residents to do their “doo-ty” by picking up their pups’ waste.
By filling out the form, residents will get a free gift.
For more information, please visit: http://www.alcosan.org/Pups4CleanWater/tabid/198/Default.aspx
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