EPA Orders 79 Municipalities to Improve Stormwater Management

See below, a press release from EPA about PA municipalities whose stormwater management needs improvement.



Release date: 04/23/2010

Contact Information: David Sternberg, 215-814-5548 sternberg.david@epa.gov

(PHILADELPHIA) April 23, 2010 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced it has sent orders to 79 municipalities in south central Pennsylvania requiring improvements to their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) programs.

The orders require the cited municipalities to correct problems with their respective MS4 programs and come into compliance with their Clean Water Act permits. MS4s are publicly owned drainage systems, including storm drains, pipes, and ditches, designed to collect and convey stormwater runoff in urbanized areas.

“These actions are critical since improperly managed stormwater can wash harmful pollutants into local streams and rivers,” said Shawn M. Garvin, Regional Administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region. “EPA is committed to gaining compliance with these municipalities for the health of local waterways in Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake Bay.”

Urbanized areas contain large portions of impervious surfaces such as roads, rooftops and parking lots that channel stormwater directly into local streams, rivers, and other water bodies. Improperly managed stormwater runoff from urbanized areas can damage streams, cause significant erosion, and carry excessive nutrients, sediment, toxic metals, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants downstream.

EPA will provide compliance information to municipalities receiving these orders, and will host a one-day conference on May 5 in Harrisburg, Pa., to discuss the MS4 requirements of the Clean Water Act.

For more information about Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) visit http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/stormwater/munic.cfm.

  • Allegheny Township, Blair
  • Alsace Township, Berks
  • Blair County, Blair
  • Blair Township, Blair
  • Breaknock Township, (Berks/Denver) Lancaster
  • Camp Hill Borough, Cumberland
  • City Of Harrisburg      Dauphin
  • Colebrookdale Township  Berks
  • Cornwall Borough        Lebanon
  • Conewago Township       Dauphin
  • Borough Of Chambersburg Franklin
  • Dauphin County  Dauphin
  • Dover Township  York
  • East Petersburg Borough         Lancaster
  • East Hempfield Township Lancaster
  • East Penns Borough Township     Cumberland
  • Ephrata Township        Lancaster
  • Fairview Township       York
  • Fleetwood Borough       Berks
  • Franklin Township       York
  • Frankstown Township     Blair
  • Freedom Township        Blair
  • Highspire Borough       Dauphin
  • Jacobus Borough York
  • Jackson Township        York
  • Jonestown Borough       Lebanon
  • Kenhorst Borough        Berks
  • Lancaster City  Lancaster
  • Lancaster Township      Lancaster
  • Lebanon City    Lebanon
  • Lebanon County  Lebanon
  • Leesport Borough        Berks
  • Lemoyne Borough Cumberland
  • Londonderry Township    Dauphin
  • Lower Alsace Township   Berks
  • Lower Heidelberg Township       Berks
  • Logan Township  Blair
  • Loganville Borough      York
  • Lower Paxton Township   Dauphin
  • Manheim Borough Lancaster
  • Manor Township  Lancaster
  • Marietta Borough        Lancaster
  • Manchester Borough      York
  • Manchester Township     York
  • Marion Township Berks
  • Middleton Borough       Dauphin
  • Monroe Township Cumberland
  • Mountville Borough      Lancaster
  • New Cumberland Borough  Cumberland
  • North Londonderry Township      Lebanon
  • North Cornwall Township Lebanon
  • North Lebanon Township  Lebanon
  • Paxtang Borough Dauphin
  • Penbrook Borough        Dauphin
  • Red Lion Borough        York
  • Robeson Township        Berks
  • Robesonia Borough       Berks
  • Shiremanstown Borough   Cumberland
  • Sinking Spring Borough  Berks
  • South Hanover Township  Dauphin
  • South Lebanon Township  Lebanon
  • Spring Garden Township  York
  • St Lawrence Borough     Berks
  • South Hiedelberg Township       Berks
  • Swatara Township        Dauphin
  • Swatara Township        Lebanon
  • Upperleacock Township   Lancaster
  • West Hanover Township   Dauphin
  • West Lebanon Township   Lebanon
  • West York Borough       York
  • Windsor Borough         York
  • Windsor Township        York
  • Womelsdorf Borough      Berks
  • Wormleysburg Borough    Cumberland
  • West Cocalico Township  Lancaster
  • York City       York
  • York County     York
  • Yoe Borough     York
  • York Haven Borough      York