Stormwater Management

Stormwater Fee

Implementation of the Stormwater Fee begins on July 31, 2020.  Property owners who manage stormwater onsite may apply for a fee reduction in the form of a stormwater credit if the stormwater control device meets specific Authority and PADEP requirements. Additionally, if a property owner believes their property is assessed in error, they may file an appeal relating to the amount of impervious areaA attributable to the property. The following links provide information on the credit and appeals procedures.  

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 will take everything loose on the ground with it when it rains, including;  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 Susquehanna Township manages its stormwater is through a concept known as 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. Decisions made at home or business also plays a massive role in the quality of stormwater. But decisions made at your home or business play a part in all this as well.

Everyone lives in a watershed. What happens on your property can affect the entire watershed and beyond. 

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?

Residents are the first to notice or spot an illicit discharge or illegal dumping. This is a major component within the MS4 Program and helps to eliminate or reduce pollution at the source. Please monitor the stormwater inlets around your property, as well as any dumping activities. Please report this directly to the Stormwater Management Program Coordinator immediately upon discovery. Illicit discharges and/or illegal dumping can include, but is not limited to: 
  • Animal waste
  • Litter
  • Motor oil
  • Yard clippings
  • Fertilizers and pesticides
  • Soapy car wash water
  • Eroded sediment from exposure 
  • Construction site runoff
  • Household cooking grease
  • Leaf litter
  • Spills, including chemical, gas, or oil** (Call 911 First)

Please call 717-909-9260 or email [email protected] to inform the Stormwater Management Program Coordinator of this action. 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 Title Phone
Betsy Logan, AICP Director of Community & Economic Development (717) 901-6050
Nate Spriggs Director of Public Works (717) 233-7143
Madison Smith Stormwater Management Program Coordinator (717) 909-9260