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Stormwater: A Community Effort

Keeping major waterways clean is vital to protecting the environment. The good news is…we can all have a hand in it!

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Stormwater runoff from rainwater or melting snow transports pollutants into storm systems and ultimately into our local waterways. Roads, parking lots, driveways, and rooftops prevent groundwater absorption, increasing the volume of runoff. Because that runoff is not cleaned or filtered before it reaches those waterways, it is imperative that we take small steps toward protecting our communities.

We need to work together to keep stormwater systems clear of waste and harmful chemicals. Because pollution from runoff is harmful to our environment, minimizing impacts associated with that runoff will improve our water quality and quantity. Pennsylvania’s MS4 Program was developed to help reduce these pollutants.

RETTEW’s Municipal Services group put together a fact sheet “Sediment Pollution – Why is it a Concern?” located in the sidebar to the right. The sheet details what sediment is, how it harms our communities, and simple steps we can all take to improve our sediment pollution levels. Municipalities with MS4 permits (or those applying for the permit in 2018) must reduce sediment pollution to local water bodies by 10 percent, beginning in 2018. Feel free to use the fact sheet and any other materials on this page in any communication or education to your local residents and business owners.

“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, you inform them, and you help them understand that these resources are their own, that they must protect them.”
~ Professor Wangari Maathai

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