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MS4

Bowmanstown Borough adopted Ordinance No. 2004-01 which provides stormwater management.  The purpose of this Ordinance is to promote health, safety, and welfare within the Borough.  A copy of the full text and all Annualt MS4 Reports can be obtain at the Borough Hall for review.

What is Storm Water?

Storm water is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt.  The water seeps into the ground or drains into what we call storm sewers.  These are the drains you see at street corners or at low points on the sides of streets.  Collectively, the draining water is called storm water runoff.

Storm water becomes a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants as it flows or when it causes flooding and erosion of stream banks.

Bowmanstown Borough is preventing storm water pollution through a storm water management program called MS4.  This program addresses storm water pollution from construction, new development, illegal dumping to the storm sewer system and pollution prevention and good housekeeping practices in  municipal operations.  We will also continue to educate the community and get everyone involved in making sure theonly thing that storm water contributes to our water is water!

Here are some of the most important ways our Community can help to prevent storm water pollution

*  Properly dispose of hazardous substances such as used oil, cleaning supplies and paint - never pour them down any part of the storm sewer system and report anyone who does.

*   Use pesticides, fertiflizers, and herbicides properly and efficiency to prevent excess runoff.

*  Look for signs of soil and other pollutants, such as debris and chemcials, leaving construction sites in storm water runoff or tracked into roads by construction vehicles.  Report poorly managed construction sites that could impact storm water runoff to your community.

*  Install innovative storm water practices on residential property, such as rain barrels or rain gardens, that capture storm water and keep it on site instead of letting it drain away into the storm sewer system.

*  Report any discharge from storm water outfalls during times of dry weather - a sigh that there could be a problem with the storm sewer system.

*  Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly.  No matter where pets make a mess, in a bakcyard or at the park, the storm water runoff can  carry pet waste from the land to the storm sewer to a stream.

*  Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors and use containers for outdoor storage that do not rust or leak to elimiante exposure of materials to storm water.and gardens.