What You Can Do:
We need everyone to do their share in maintaining a safe and healthy
environment. Anything that goes into the storm inlets flows directly
into the streams untreated – and can end up in your drinking water! The
most important thing to consider is that what you dump into the storm
inlet not only affects you, but it affects your neighbors and other
communities that the streams flow through. Please be cautious and keep
the following things in mind to prevent pollution.
- Dumping used motor oil or other toxic wastes down the storm
inlets eventually finds its way into streams thus killing wildlife
and polluting stream beds. Do not dump these hazardous wastes into
the inlets. Instead they should be taken to recycling centers which
dispose of the substances properly.
- Don't litter. Always dispose of trash and other debris in the
- When using fertilizers and pesticides, follow the label for use
and storage methods.
- Help prevent erosion by planting steep slopes and planting bare
spots. Loose soil will erode the stream bank and harm fish and
REPORT ILLICIT MS4 DISCHARGE
Have you seen illegal dumping into our storm sewers, waterways and/or
pollution discharge to our streams and creeks? Report it to the Borough!
Borough of Edgewood’s Stormwater Management Ordinance
Borough of Edgewood’s Prohibited Discharge Ordinance
WHY MANAGE STORMWATER?
When It Rains It Drains (PDF)
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:
- Downstream flooding
- Stream bank erosion
- Increased muddiness created by stirred up sediment
- Habitat destruction
- Combined sewer overflows
- Infrastructure damage
- Contaminated streams, rivers, and coastal water
Let Freddy the Fish tell you! Freddy the Fish:
STORMWATER BASIC INFORMATION
What is the NPDES Stormwater Program?
The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Stormwater Program regulates stormwater discharges from three potential
sources: municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4), construction
activities, and industrial activities. Most stormwater discharges are
considered point sources, and operators of these sources may be required
to receive an NPDES permit before they can discharge. This permitting
mechanism is designed to prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful
pollutants into local surface waters such as streams, rivers, lakes or
Many fact sheets detailing the Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) that
the Borough is required to comply with every year can be found
here, for example:
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also provides additional
help with understanding the benefits of stormwater management at these
Nine Mile Run Watershed Association to help protect
our local waterways.
Below are links to helpful information created by the Delaware
Estuary. Simple, inexpensive and effective business and housekeeping
practices are detailed in these beautiful brochures.
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