Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Program

Municipalities throughout the country are under a federal mandate requiring a stormwater 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 & Outreach

Educate the public on storm water pollution and prevention through various distribution methods.

MCM #2: Public Involvement & Participation

Promote environmental events for the public to participate.

MCM #3: Illicit Discharge, Detection & Elimination

Develop, implement, and enforce a program to detect and eliminate stormwater pollution.

MCM #4: Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control

Reduce stormwater pollution from construction sites within the Municipality.

MCM #5: Post Construction Stormwater Management

Encourage activities such as low impact development, a post construction runoff ordinance, and operation and maintenance of stormwater best management practices.

MCM #6: Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

Educate and train municipal staff to prevent and reduce stormwater pollution from municipal buildings and operations.

The PADEP requires the municipalities to submit Progress Reports in order to track progress on each permittee’s stormwater management program.

 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:

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Additional Resources

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Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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