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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 (BMP's) such as detention/retention/infiltration basins, are already in place to help keep our water clean.

Lower Gwynedd Township regulates stormwater management which goes above and beyond typical BMP's through a permit that is obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (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 State. This NPDES Permit is broken up into six minimum control measures to be regulated and enforced by the Township. These minimum control measures include:

Lower Gwynedd Township has begun monitoring and testing of storm sewer outfalls that have flow during dry periods. The township asks all residents to cooperate with the inspectors, as 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 Township at (215) 646-5302.

Also, please visit DEP's website to learn about changes to the MS4 Program.

There are many ways you can help the Township with its stormwater program and participate in volunteering programs that will keep trash, debris and other pollutants out of the storm sewer system. For more information on ways you get involved with your community, please visit the following sites:

The following links are for informational videos on basin retrofits, rain gardens and saving streams.

Stormwater Management Updates

Testing the Health of the Wissahickon Creek

Environmental scientists from Temple University and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are doing an experiment to investigate the health of the Wissahickon stream ecosystem.  During the month of September, we will be conducting several day-long stream tracer tests near Gwynedd Valley and Ambler.  The first test will be Tuesday, September 12th, in Ambler, starting between Morris Road and Lafayette Ave and traveling downstream toward Philadelphia. During the tracer test we add two non-toxic, fluorescent dyes into the Creek and track how that dye signal comes through further downstream. The tracers help us understand flowpaths within the stream and where stream metabolism occurs. The dyes that we are using are non-toxic and commonly used in environmental research and elsewhere (ex. coloring the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day).  These tests are being conducted in consultation with the PA Department of Environmental Protection and are funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation.

If you have any questions, you can contact us at:

Dr. Marie Kurz, ANS (215 299-1018) mk3483@drexel.edu
Dr. Sarah Ledford, Temple (215 204-7171) sarah.ledford@temple.edu

 Wissahickon Creek-Pic 1

        

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MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan

The Lower Gwynedd Township Board of Supervisors hereby give notice that they will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in the public meeting room of Gwynedd Estates located at 301 Norristown Road, Ambler, PA for the purposes of reviewing and receiving public comment on the Lower Gwynedd Township MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP). The PRP outlines the plan the Township will use to to reduce pollutants discharged from the Township storm sewer system (MS4) consistent with requirements of the PAG-13 MS4 Individual Permit. The Township is soliciting written comments on the PRP until September 5, 2017. Comments must be submitted in writing to the attention of the Township Manager at 1130 N. Bethlehem Pike, Spring House, PA 19477 during regular office hours Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. or by email at (cmcanally@lowergwynedd.org.) Comments submitted via facsimile will not be accepted. Comments, including comments submitted by email, must include the originator’s name and address. The document will be available for review at the Township office. The document is also available for review by clicking on the link below.

*Lower Gwynedd Township MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan*

Clean Water Partnership-Wissahickon TMDL Alternative

The Wissahickon Creek is beloved to our community, flowing through our landscape from Lansdale to Philadelphia. Last year, the municipalities of the Wissahickon Creek Watershed joined together to form an unprecedented coalition of towns and sewer authorities working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to address the long-term health of the creek. This coalition, called the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership, will be working on a plan over the next two years to develop a shared strategy and to “Own the Solution” for a cleaner Wissahickon Creek.

This voluntary partnership will evaluate the causes of polluted waters and produce a watershed-wide plan to address those causes and make significant improvements to the health of the creek over the coming years. By working together on a coordinated solution, the Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership ensures that local interests are emphasized, that no municipality is alone in combating pollution affecting the Wissahickon, and that municipalities, sewer authorities and taxpayers can keep costs down in the long run. For more information on this initiative please visit the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association's website at  www.wvwa.org/cleanwater.

Growing Greener Grant Awarded- Lower Gwynedd Township was awarded a grant through the Growing Greener Program for a basin retrofit and rain garden installation project. Here is an article authored by a member of the Gwynedd Green Committee regarding the grant. The Township plans to move forward with this project in 2017.

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