SEPTEMBER 17TH: COUNCIL DISCUSSION MEETING – MS4
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The September 17, 2019 Trafford Borough Council Discussion Meeting will be held at 7:00 PM in the Manchester Room. This discussion meeting is especially important for the residents and business owners in our community as we will have the borough engineers give a presentation on municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4).
What is MS4?
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.
About the meeting:
This meeting is intended to inform the community of Trafford on what the state and federal government mandates our borough to comply with and what it means to the tax payers.
These links will provide more in-depth information regarding the MS4 regulations. Please review the information and you are welcome to ask questions at the meeting: