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
Following are links to several documents with additional detail explaining the program and providing guidance with compliance.
- PaDEP – Resource Guide to the MS4 Program
- PaDEP – General FAQ’s on the MS4 Permit / Process
- PaDEP – A Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater BMP Maintenance
- PaDEP – Be Stormwater Smart Brochure
- EPA – Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
- EPA – Caring for our Water is Everybody’s Business
- EPA – Stormwater and Construction Industry Poster with BMP’s