The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has instructed 85 Pennsylvania municipalities to improve their stormwater management programs. The federal agency's orders are intended to enhance the state's efforts to implement efficient stormwater management practices across all communities and to improve water quality in waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay, located downstream from most of the towns and communities included on the list.
By issuing the orders, the EPA wants to clearly communicate the need to do a better job when it comes to implementing schemes for controlling stormwater runoff, commented EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin. Ensuring that municipalities in north central and northeast Pennsylvania have fully functional stormwater protection is essential during times of extreme weather events and changing climate, Garvin pointed out.
All of the 85 listed municipalities are required to develop plans to reduce contamination caused by stormwater runoff and prevent illegal discharge of stormwater under the federal Clean Water Act, the EPA stated. The regulator also ordered the municipalities to take corrective measures regarding their Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) programs and to ensure they are in full compliance with their stormwater discharge permits. The orders also provide instructions to municipalities on how they can meet all MS4 requirements and be compliant with the Clean Water Act.