Municipalities throughout the country are under a federal mandate requiring a storm water management program for reducing pollution impacts from storm water runoff. In 2003, Ingram Borough was issued a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency. Implemented through the Clean Water Act, the permit’s numerous requirements are through six Minimum Control Measures (MCMs). These six MCMs consist of the following:
- MCM #1 Public Education and Outreach
- Educate the public on storm water pollution and prevention through various distribution methods.
- MCM #2 Public Involvement and Participation
- Promote environmental events for the public to participate.
- MCM #3 Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
- Develop, implement, and enforce a program to detect and eliminate storm water pollution.
- MCM #4 Construction Site Storm Water Runoff Control
- Reduce storm water pollution from construction sites within the Municipality.
- MCM #5 Post Construction Storm Water Management
- Encourage activities such as low impact development, a post construction runoff ordinance, and operation and maintenance of storm water best management practices.
- MCM #6 Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
- Educate and train municipal staff to prevent and reduce storm water pollution from municipal buildings and operations.
The PADEP requires the municipalities to submit Progress Reports in order to track progress on each permittee’s storm water management program. For the Borough’s 2013-2018 MS4 permit, Ingram is required to adhere to the following deadlines:
- Progress Report 1 due March 7, 2015
- Progress Report 2 due March 7, 2017
- Progress Report 3 due July 10, 2018
- Permit Renewal for 2018 to 2023 MS4 Permit due July 10, 2018
As a Resident, How Can You Help?
Being informed on storm water management is a great way to help the Borough meet regulatory compliance for its permit. Reading through the articles below can provide valuable knowledge on storm water. By being an informed citizen, you can help mitigate or stop the harmful effects of storm water pollution. Getting involved at environmental events (stream cleanups, recycling, composting, etc.) and reporting storm water pollution to the Borough by submitting an Illicit Discharge Report Form are ways that you can improve storm water management within Ingram.
Clean Water Articles:
Adopt Your Watershed Program
Construction Site Runoff
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit (MS4)
Pet Waste Pollution
Pollution Reduction for Businesses
Pollution Reduction for Employees
Storm Water Pollution
Storm Water Pollution Sources
Street Sweeping Program
Swimming Pool Best Management Practices