The Pennsylvania Storm Water Management Act of 1978 (more commonly known as Act 167) provides the legislative basis for 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 distributed across 376 designated stormwater management watersheds, and each of these localities as its own set of natural, social, and cultural features. This unique “sharing” of power and authority between levels of government was designed to provide maximum flexibility to address the specific characteristics of each watershed.
So, what does this all mean? Permits are required for MS4 communities, construction activities, and industrial facilities, but the last line of defense in stormwater management can be found in the local ordinances established by individual municipalities, whether they are an MS4 or not. Land development activities which alter the character of landscape are subject to state and federal laws and permit requirements, but it is the local zoning and ordinances that ultimately make the difference in minimizing the adverse effects of stormwater runoff.
REPORT DUMPING VIOLATIONS
If you see or smell suspicious substances leaking into, or being dumped into, a storm drain, Brush Creek, Turtle Creek, or BY Lake, report it.
Fill out the form and forward it to the Trafford Borough Administrative Office as soon as practical. Photographs are extremely helpful. You may email, fax, or mail the form. You may choose to call the office at 412-372-7652 to report the discharge. If you call you will be asked to provide information in order to fill out the form. Be advised that the office is normally open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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