Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow melt events flow over land and impervious surfaces and does not infiltrate into the ground. The runoff from streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil, grease and many other pollutants and discharge into our lakes, streams and rivers. This untreated discharge is detrimental to our water quality as it can adversely affect our drinking water supply and environment. Many Best Management Practices (BMP's) such as detention/retention/infiltration basins, are already in place to help keep our water clean.
Lower Gwynedd Township regulates stormwater management which goes above and beyond typical BMP's through a permit that is obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) through the National Pollution and Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDES)/Municipals Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). This is a Federal requirement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) that is administered by the State. This NPDES Permit is broken up into six minimum control measures to be regulated and enforced by the Township. These minimum control measures include:
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation/Involvement
- Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
- Construction Site Runoff Control
- Post-Construction Runoff Control
- Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping
Lower Gwynedd Township has begun monitoring and testing of storm sewer outfalls that have flow during dry periods. The township asks all residents to cooperate with the inspectors, as some outfalls are located on private properties.
For any questions or concerns regarding stormwater or to report illicit discharges to the storm sewer system please call the Township at (215) 646-5302.
Also, please visit DEP's website to learn about changes to the MS4 Program.
There are many ways you can help the Township with its stormwater program and participate in volunteering programs that will keep trash, debris and other pollutants out of the storm sewer system. For more information on ways you get involved with your community, please visit the following sites:
- PA DOT: Adopt-A-Highway
- Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association
- DVRPC: Implementing Municipal Water Quality Actions
The following links are for informational videos on basin retrofits, rain gardens and saving streams.
- Rethinking Basins: Putting Nature to Work Video
- Naturalized Basins Video
- Saving Streams: A Case Study
- Rain Gardens 101-Villanova Presentation
Stormwater Management Updates
MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan
Growing Greener Basin Naturalization Project- Phase 2
Lower Gwynedd Township will begin Phase 2 of the Basin Naturalization Project, which is funded through the Growing Greener Grant. The two Township-owned basins located in the open space area of the Spring House Farms Development will be retrofitted this Fall. The slideshow below was presented by the EAC to give a background and overview of the entire project.
PECO Green Region Grant Awarded to Lower Gwynedd Township
Lower Gwynedd Township was awarded a $5,000.00 PECO Green Region Grant in April of 2019. The project approved for funding is a small rain garden project that will be located right outside of the Penllyn Woods Community Center. The proposed project will be to convert an existing mulched flowerbed, draining approximately 2,745 sf of roof area, into a rain garden. The current arrangement allows for the roof runoff to discharge directly into the flowerbed through two roof drains causing a major washout following every storm event. The rain garden will help resolve this issue. The rain garden is scheduled to be installed this summer.
A Tale of Two Townships
A coalition of municipalities, local and state agencies, NGOs, and citizens is working on a plan to clean up Montgomery County's impaired Wissahickon Creek. The Wissahickon Creek has been designated an impaired waterway. The coalition has come together under an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement to address the challenge. Collectively known as the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, the partnership has teamed with Temple University and other experts to help identify the watersheds impairments. In the third of a series of interviews with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) our own Mark Grey, Lower Gwynedd Township Supervisor, and Upper Dublin Township Manager Paul Leonard, Co-Chairs of the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, sat down for a conversation with longtime radio journalist, Josh Raulerson formally from Pittsburgh NPR station 90.5 WESA. Click here to listen to the interview.
Clean Water Partnership-Wissahickon TMDL Alternative
The Wissahickon Creek is beloved to our community, flowing through our landscape from Lansdale to Philadelphia. In 2016, the municipalities of the Wissahickon Creek Watershed joined together to form an unprecedented coalition of towns and sewer authorities working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to address the long-term health of the creek. This coalition, called the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, will be working on a plan over the next two years to develop a shared strategy and to “Own the Solution” for a cleaner Wissahickon Creek.
This voluntary partnership will evaluate the causes of polluted waters and produce a watershed-wide plan to address those causes and make significant improvements to the health of the creek over the coming years. By working together on a coordinated solution, the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership ensures that local interests are emphasized, that no municipality is alone in combating pollution affecting the Wissahickon, and that municipalities, sewer authorities and taxpayers can keep costs down in the long run. For more information on this initiative please visit the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association's website at www.wvwa.org/cleanwater.
Growing Greener Grant Awarded- Lower Gwynedd Township was awarded a grant through the Growing Greener Program for a basin retrofit and rain garden installation project. Here is an article authored by a member of the Gwynedd Green Committee regarding the grant. The Township began this project in June 2018. A rain garden has been installed in the rear of the building adjacent to the parking lot. The basins have also been naturalized as part of this grant project.
Tips for Residents
Tips for Contractors
For More Information, Please visit:
- USEPA Stormwater Basic Information
- USEPA Stormwater Program
- USEPA Stormwater Discharge From MS4's
- USEPA Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents
- PA DEP
- PA DEP Southeast Region Office
- PA DEP Stormwater Management Program
- (MCCD) Montgomery County Conservation District
- (FEMA) Federal Emergency Management Agency
- (CWP) Center for Watershed Protection
- Stormwater PA
Lower Gwynedd Township
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477
Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357