Stormwater Management

Federal storm-water management regulations require that Carbondale Township and other urbanized areas across Pennsylvania apply for and maintain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge stormwater from the Township’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) oversees the implementation and administration of these federal regulations.

Under the MS4 Program, permittees are required to incorporate the following six elements (known as minimum control measures, or MCMs) into their stormwater management programs. Each MCM has a series of suggested best management practices (BMPs) associated with it to guide permit holders in program development, tracking, and reporting.


Minimum Control Measures

Public Education & Outreach

Public Involvement & Participation

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination

Construction Site Runoff Control

Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment

Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance