TOWNSHIP DEMONSTRATES COMPLIANCE WITH MS4 PROGRAM NPDES STORM WATER PERMIT
Brighton Township submits an Annual Report to the Department of Environmental Protection for completion of the specified program requirements for the NPDES Storm Water permitting cycle. These requirements are part of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). The goal of the MS4 program is to reduce the discharge of pollutants in order to protect water quality. The Township will continue to implement requirements of the MS4 program to protect water resources in the community. Among other things, the Township does are:
- Distributes public education material to the residents and other applicable groups. This includes the When It Rains, It Drains brochure mailed as part of the Township newsletter annually.
- Conducts a public education meeting on the MS4 program and the Township’s implementation efforts at least one time per year.
- Participate in the placement of a stormwater display advertisement in the Beaver County Times newspaper organized by the Beaver County Planning Commission for multi-municipal participants as a cost-sharing method.
- Inspect a minimum of 20% of the Township’s permitted storm water outfalls annually for illicit discharges.
- The Township has adopted and enforces all provisions of the PA DEP’s model storm water ordinance. Engineering review and approval of storm water management plans are required prior to approval of new developments.
- Enforce Township ordinances by reviewing erosion and sediment control plans. The Township has also executed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Beaver County Conservation District for review and enforcement of erosion and sediment control measures.
You can help too. Remember that water that goes into a storm sewer eventually drains to a stream. Please:
- Monitor storm sewer inlets near your property. No one should be dumping anything into the storm sewer system. Contact the Police Department immediately if you witness illegal dumping.
- Clean up after your pets and dispose of their waste properly.
- Use fertilizers properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff.
- Properly store materials that could contaminate water supply.
- Report any chemical spills.
Reporting Illicit Discharges
Each person can help Brighton Township protect water and other natural resources by reporting possible or suspected incidents of illicit discharges to storm sewers or other stormwater conveyances. Examples of illicit discharges are sewage, chemicals, oils, paints or similar products. Also report any incident of illegal dumping. You can make a report by:
- Utilizing the Illicit Discharge Complaint Form in the Related Documents Area and submitting it to the Township Manager by FAX (724) 774-3565 or by mail to 1300 Brighton Road, Beaver, PA 15009.
- Sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with detailed information on the suspected illicit discharge, including location.
- By phone to the Township Manager at (724) 774-4800.
Environmental Emergencies should be reported immediately to 911.
For more information on Stormwater Management and the MS4 requirements, visit the PA DEP or EPA websites at the following links:
Homeowner Pamphlets & Brochure:
|“After the Storm”||“Solution to Pollution”||“Urban Runoff”|
|“Water Efficient Landscaping”||Reducing Runoff|
|Don’t Let Storm Water Run Off
With Your Money
|How Do I Get a Storm Water
Permit for Construction Site?
PA DEP Fact Sheets: