Storm Water Management
It means that Avalon Borough is required to develop, implement and enforce a comprehensive storm water management program to reduce the discharge of pollutants. We need to educate and involve the public to help protect water quality within our watersheds. This program must satisfy the requirements of the federal Clean Water Act and the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law. Once developed, this program is approved and audited on an annual basis by the EPA. It contains a schedule of operations and maintenance to the storm water system, best management practices and a set of measurable goals called Minimum Control Measures. Visit the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission website for a glossary of terms to better understand the MS4 program
Visit the EPA website for additional examples or the EPA’s Best Management Practices.
Instead of redirecting your downspouts to the street, an alternative for homeowners is to use rain barrels. Not only does this eliminate the excess storm water in the streets but is a BMP (Best Management Practice) to reuse storm water for watering gardens.
If you love plants and gardening, investigate rain gardens for collecting water. This method provides a filtration of pollutants before the water is absorbed in to the ground.
Avalon Borough participates in the Quaker Valley Council of Governments ("QVCOG") along with 14 other municipalities that also are working on MS4 regulations. Visit the QVCOG Storm Water Education link for a schedule of events and other helpful homeowner hints.
Look for the QVCOG at local festivals such as Wizard Vue in Bellevue and an event for Clean Water Initiative held in March 2018 for "Grow Organic - Making the Transition". Information available on the QVCOG Website.
EVERYONE CAN HELP........
The items in the photo on the right were found in one of our catch basins. This causes major backups in the system and is very difficult to remove. Be proactive. Please do not throw waste of any kind in the catch basins.
If possible, volunteer for clean up days. We need everyone to help keep our community clean to avoid flooding in our storm system. Avalon NOW is an active citizen volunteer group that schedules regular clean up days throughout the year. Visit their Facebook page to follow their work and find out when and where their monthly meetings are held.