Rain Barrels Benefit the Environment
Stormwater Pollution / Polluted Runoff
As of December 18th, 2013, any previous version of Chapter 19 of the Franklin Township Code of Ordinances is hereby repealed in its entirety. This Chapter has been replaced with a new version entitled "Chapter 19: Stormwater Management", which amends certain provisions pertaining to stormwater within the Franklin Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance and Zoning Ordinance.
Chapter 19 of the Franklin Township Code of Ordinances, amended and enacted on 12/18/2013
Although you may see a street sweeper cleaning the streets around the Township, the Township does not pick up grass clippings and leaves for residents. It is the responsibility of each individual homeowner to dispose of their own grass clippings and leaves and not put them in the street or on top of stormwater inlets. Click Here for more information and education regarding Township resident's responsibilities for their grass clippings and leaves.
Large volumes of stormwater overwhelm, erode and pollute local streams, and flood low lying areas. To lessen these destructive stormwater impacts and help ensure any existing problems do not worsen, municipalities across Chester County have adopted new stormwater management ordinance standards. These new standards are a key tool in reducing these stormwater impacts,
safeguarding properties from flooding and erosion, and protecting streams and local water quality.
PLEASE DO NOT RAKE YOUR LEAVES AND YARD WASTE INTO THE STREET!
What is Stormwater and Why is it a Problem?
Rain barrels benefit the environment by:
As stormwater streams over streets, driveways, lawns, and other surfaces, the flow picks up chemicals, dirt, debris, and other pollutants. Polluted stormwater can then flow into a storm sewer and be discharged untreated into a waterbody; or it can flow directly into a stream, lake, river, wetland, or coastal water. This can have many adverse effects on plants and animals, and is becoming the nation's biggest threat to clean water.
Unlike polluted discharges from industry or sewage treatment facilities (forms of point source pollution), polluted runoff (a form of nonpoint source pollution) is generated by all of us. Stormwater pollution starts with everyday activities, like washing our car, fertilizing our lawn, walking our dog, and disposing of motor oil. While most of our individual actions have only a small impact on water quality, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) cautions that "the cumulative impact of how we choose to interact with our land and water is huge." To protect and restore the quality of our streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans, we all need to develop more water-friendly habits.
Below are some simple actions that we can take to help improve water quality:
Brochures and Other Resources containing additional information and suggestions for reducing stormwater pollution are available at:
For more information:
If you have questions or require additional information regarding stormwater, please contact the DEP's Southeast Regional Office.
The EPA's Office of Wastewater Management leads and manages a Stormwater Program as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NDPES). The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is an NPDES permitting authority and is authorized to implement the stormwater NPDES permitting program for construction activities, industrial activities, and municipal separate storm sewer systems.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s)
According to the EPA's Stormwater Phase II Final Rule, the term MS4 includes: roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, man-made channels, or storm drains; designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater; owned or operated by a public body; that are not part of a publicly owned treatment works.
Franklin Township is covered by the MS4 program and has an MS4 permit. This requires the Township to implement and enforce a storm water management program which encompasses six minimum control measures, or best management practices (BMPs):
– Last updated April 22, 2020
Franklin Township - Stormwater Information
Stormwater is rainfall that runs off of roofs, driveways, lawns, roads, parking lots, sidewalks, farm fields, and other surfaces created or disturbed by manmade activities. This runoff picks up
pollutants (such as dirt, oil, litter, pesticides, fertilizer, etc.) as it flows across these surfaces, and eventually enters local streams.
While Rainfall is Natural, Stormwater is Man-made
Stormwater Management Ordinance
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