Stormwater Management Program, Greene County Conservation District, Greene County Government, Pennsylvania

Stormwater Management Program, Greene County Conservation District
Stormwater is rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets, lawns, and other sites. When stormwater is absorbed into the ground, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers.

Conservation District Office

Ben Franklin Building

Suite 204
22 West High Street
Waynesburg, PA 15370
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Stormwater Management Program
Contact Person: Lisa Snider, Conservation District Manager

Ben Franklin Building, Suite 204
22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370
Phone: 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m., Monday—Friday

Stormwater is rainwater and melted snow that runs off streets, lawns, and other sites. When stormwater is absorbed into the ground, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers. In developed areas, however, impervious surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent precipitation from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, the water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems, and drainage ditches and can cause flooding, bank erosion, and other major destruction.

Topics of Interest — Overview:

In 2009, the County of Greene entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to develop an Act 167 Stormwater Plan. This agreement will allow the county to develop Phase I of the plan. The Phase I planning process is used to prepare a scope of study (the level of effort, personnel details undertaking the effort, timeframe, and cost estimates for the Phase II development of the plan).

Act 167 Plan:

The Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Act of 1978 (more commonly known as Act 167) actually provides the legislative basis for statewide stormwater management. It requires that counties within designated watersheds develop stormwater management plans, and that each affected municipality adopt specific stormwater ordinances to implement their respective Act 167 plan. Pennsylvania has 2566 municipalities and 376 designated stormwater management watersheds—each with a diverse set of natural, social, and cultural features—and this unique "sharing" of power and authority between levels of government was designed to provide flexibility to address the specific characteristics of each watershed. Click here for an overview of stormwater management regulation in Pennsylvania.

The basic goals of the Act 167 Plan are to ensure that stormwater runoff shall not cause harm to property or persons. The management of the plan will allow for the prevention of damage caused by land use activities, avoid expanding flood hazard areas and maintain and improve storewater quality. Stormwater will be managed to the extent practicable that of quantity, velocity, direction, and quality of runoff. Determining what is practicable will be accomplished by developing watershed specific action plans, prioritizing what we need to do and evaluating that in light of what we can do (funding/implementation limitations).

Stormwater Management Benefits:

Pennsylvania abounds in natural beauty, its landscape entwined with 83,161 miles of streams and more than 3,900 lakes, reservoirs, and ponds. Water is the lifeblood of the Commonwealth, supporting vast forests, abundant fish and wildlife, and a wide array of human uses that draw more than four billion gallons of ground and surface water per day. This wealth of water is a blessing, but population growth has radically altered the natural systems that manage rainfall through transpiration, infiltration, and gradual runoff into surface waters—leading to everything from poor water quality to flooding, severe erosion, and droughts. The solution lies in comprehensive stormwater management, which offers tremendous rewards to local economies, the environment, and quality of life.

Stormwater Management Plans:

It is the responsibility of the County to prepare and update stormwater plans. Municipalities will adopt the final implementation plan and enforcement decisions will be made at that time. Stormwater may be low on the list of municipal priorities in times of drought, but it jumps to the top in serious storms. The increase in impervious surfaces from development causes runoff to overburden the sewer infrastructure, which in turn degrades the environment, impacts water quality, and affects human health.

Flood-Plain Monitoring Program:

The Floodplain Monitoring Program is currently being contracted by the Conservation District. The Conservation District’s primary activity under this program is to meet with municipal officials and review their administration/enforcement of their ordinance.
  • District will review the current ordinance and check to see whether it is up-to-date
  • Conduct a visual survey of the municipality for development in floodplains
  • Provide training on floodplain map reading and usage
  • Offer workshops and technical assistance
The result of this program is to get an understanding as to how the local municipalities administer and adheres to their ordinances and local understanding.

Helpful Resources:

Frequently Asked Questions:
  1. What can you do to help prevent stormwater runoff pollution?
    • Don’t dump anything into a catch basin or drain pipe.
    • Properly dispose of all paints, used motor oil and other hazardous waste.
    • Sweep up driveways, sidewalks and walkways.
    • Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly.
    • Pick up after your pet and dispose waste in the toilet or trash.
    • Check you vehicles for any leaking fluids.
    • Wash your vehicles at a car wash. If washing at home, use a low-phosphate detergent.
    • Have your septic tank pumped and inspected at least once every two years.

Greene County Conservation District

Ben Franklin Building (Suite 204), 22 West High Street, Waynesburg, PA 15370 — 724-852-5278 / Fax: 724-852-5341

County of Greene, Pennsylvania

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