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  • Animal Regulations
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    Did you know it's illegal to keep pets and not clean up after them in a sanitary way? Chapter 49 Section 5 of the Codified Code of Schwenksville sets forth requirements for the keeping of pets. 
  • Roadside Guide to Clean Water and Proper Pet Waste Disposal
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    Information on Proper Pet Waste Disposal
  • EPA Stormwater Phase II Final Rule Factsheet 2.5 Illicit Discharge
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    Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Minimum Control Measure
  • Be Stormwater Smart Brochure
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    Recommendations for reducing stormwater pollution

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  • DEP Swimming Pool Guidelines
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  • Management of Cleaning Waste Water
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  • Rain Barrel Zoom Meeting
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Newsletter Articles4 documents

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EPA Fact Sheets9 documents

  • Public Education Outreach
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  • Public Participation and Outreach
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  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
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  • Construction Site Run-off
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  • Post Construction Runoff Controls
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  • Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping
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  • How to be Stormwater Smart
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  • Backyard Environmental Education
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  • How to be Stormwater Smart - Brochure
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Tips for Homeowners5 documents

  • Homeowners Guide to Stormwater Management
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    Tips for Homeowners to Prevent Illicit Discharges and Non-point Pollution
  • Healthy Benefits of Green Infrastructure in Communities
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    Review of benefits of green infrastructure
  • When It Rains It Drains
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    Where Does Stormwater Go
  • After the Storm
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    The effects of pollution
  • 2018 Swimming Pool Fact Sheet
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Tips for Contractors1 document

  • Construction Site Run-off Controls
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    Explains the Minimum Controls that need to be in place to satisfy the NPDES Permit

Reporting Forms2 documents

  • Report an Illicit Discharge
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  • Reporting a Concern Form
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Stormwater management
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 (BMPs) such as detention/retention/infiltration basins are already in place to help keep our water clean.
The Borough also partners with the perkiomen watershed conservancy on stream clean up events and ongoing education on stormwater management.

Schwenksville Borough regulates stormwater management which goes above and beyond typical BMPs through an MS4 permit that is obtained from the PA DEP – Stormwater Management (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 PA DEP.

This NPDES Permit is broken up into six minimum control measures to be regulated and enforced by the Borough. These minimum control measures include:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Participation/Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Runoff Control
  5.  Post-Construction Runoff Control
  6.  Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
  7. How To Be Storm Water Smart
  8. Backyard Environmental Education
  9.  Brochure – Be Storm Water Smart 

Schwenksville Borough has begun monitoring and testing of storm sewer outfalls that have flow during dry periods. The Borough asks all residents to cooperate with the inspectors, asks 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 Borough at 610-287-7442 or email staff at info@schwenksville-pa.org.  Return to Top

When It Rains It Drains To The Creek.  To keep the Perkiomen Clean, please be storm smart.