Stormwater Management

Overview

Stormwater originates from rainfall and other precipitation that runs off of surfaces all over our community like rooftops, streets, construction sites, lawns, and fields. Stormwater makes its way into swales, storm drains, natural watercourses and it literally takes everything loose on the ground with it when it rains…pollutants, sediment, leaves, trash, etc. Susquehanna Township is actively involved in meeting statutory permitting requirements under state and federal law. We are also active with partners in a variety of programs and strategies to enhance water quality through plantings, mowing strategies, and implementation of stormwater management facilities and other best management practices.

Urban Wet Weather Flow Graphic

The Watershed Approach

How we now manage stormwater is through a watershed approach. It is no longer just about how water can be moved from point A to point B, but how the entire watershed "community" is affected by decisions made within it. Where water is directed and how its quality is impacted are the most common considerations made when land development projects are designed. But decisions made at your home or business play a part in all this as well.

Susquehanna Township's Program

From a regulatory standpoint, we have obligations to ensure that the quantity (rate and volume) of runoff is managed in addition to controlling the quality of water that is discharged. Stormwater must be managed not only on private property but also on public property through the township’s storm sewer infrastructure.

As a Resident, What Can I Do to Assist with These Efforts?

Please monitor stormwater inlets near your property. No one should dump anything into the storm sewer system. If you see someone dumping or observe any of the following, please call the Township Office at (717) 545-4751.
  • Sediment leaving a construction site in stormwater
  • Spills (Chemical, Gas, Oil – PLEASE CALL 911 FIRST)
  • Illegal dumping activity into streams or storm sewers
  • Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams (72 hours after a rainstorm)

Again, residents may be the first to recognize illicit discharges such as dumping into storm sewers or coming out of from storm sewer outfalls. If you see an illicit discharge, please report it to us so that we can help eliminate the problem.

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Betsy Logan, AICP (717) 901-6050
Nate Spriggs (717) 233-7143