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Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, and streets prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.

    Never dump anything down a storm drain;
    Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly;
    Don’t dispose of household hazardous waste in sinks or toilets;
    Remember to pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly;
    Use a commercial car wash or wash your care on a lawn or other unpaved surface to minimize the amount of dirty, soapy water flowing into the storm drain and eventually into your local waterbody;
    Repair auto leaks and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop-off or recycle locations;
    Report any stormwater problems, dumping incidents, stream irregularities, etc. to Upland Borough.
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The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase II stormwater program requires that Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) address the six required elements contained in the federal regulations to reduce water pollution:


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EPA Water Homepage
EPA Water Pollution Prevention and Control
EPA Stormwater Homepage 
EPA MS4 Main Page
National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices
Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents  
MS4 Fact Sheets
Polluted Runoff:  Nonpoint Source Pollution  Note: there are several sub-topics under the “Quick Finder” section
EPA Watersheds
DELCORA – Eliminating Private Sewer Lateral Inflow and Infiltration in Delaware County
PADEP Stormwater Management
PA Department of Environmental Protection
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

 Free Workshops:

“Sustainable Landscape Management for Landowners” – March 8, 2015 (click link for further information)

“Streams Cleanup Flyer” – March 25, 2015 (click link for further information)

“Rain Garden Workshop” – May 3, 2015 and May 17, 2015 (click link for further information)

Borough Publications:

Who are you going to call? (to report violations or problems)

Spring is Green Time – Think Greener! – published in 2013

Contact List For Reporting Violations/Problems with Local Streams

Monthly Stormwater Planner – 2011

Prepare, Plan & Stay Safe During the Winter Months – 2009

Summer Tips For Our Environment & Stormwater Management – 2009

Stormwater Management Guide

Winter Safety Tips

Water Conservation Tips

Keys to Community Stormwater Management & Spring/Summer Tips for Yard Care – 2010


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