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Posted on: October 28, 2011

The Importance of Storm Water

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The Township is permitted by the Pennsylvania DEP to discharge stormwater into surface waters of the commonwealth of PA via a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system (NPDES) permit. This means the Township has responsibilities of maintaining lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands to ensure pollution levels are reduced. Stormwater is an important component to the environment because it can lead to pollution, erosion, flooding, and health issues. Stormwater travels through roof gutters, catch basins, and through a system of pipes and flows directly to lakes, rivers, and streams. Therefore, by dumping waste into storm drains, it ultimately results into lakes, rivers, and streams to becoming polluted environments.

How You Can Help

It all starts with you! By taking precautions to make sure the water is clean, residents can help the environment by using pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, repairing automobile leaks, disposing of household hazardous waste at recycling locations, cleaning up after your pets, and using a commercial car wash or wash your car on lawn or other unpaved surfaces.

Communities Coming Together

The Western Allegheny Stormwater Awareness Group (WASAG) meets once a month to discuss storm water issues as well as educational projects to get the word out on the importance of storm water. The following municipalities are currently members of the WASAG Oakdale, Collier, Findlay, Moon, Crescent, and Coraopolis. Many municipalities are coming together to increase awareness and educate their residents and businesses. For more information or questions about storm water compliance please feel free to reach out to Johnna Zona at

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