Stormwater may be low on the list of municipal priorities in times of drought, but it jumps to the top whenever communities are subjected to storms.
- Managing Runoff |
- For Flood Prevention |
- To Improve Water Quality |
- For The Economy |
- To Enhance Quality of Life |
The increase in impervious surfaces from development can cause runoff to overburden the sewer infrastructure, which causes flooding, degrades the environment, negatively impacts water quality, and affects human health.
Improving stormwater management programs has become a front-burner issue for communities all across the Commonwealth—not only because of increased pressure from state and federal regulatory agencies, but because preventing runoff-related problems before they occur makes good economic sense. Not only that, proper stormwater management enhances quality of life for local residents and preserves the water resources we so heavily rely upon.
Knowledge Leads to Success
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (BMP Manual) is a great starting point for municipalities looking to implement a comprehensive stormwater management program, and it is based not on theory, but on proven, successful techniques.