Upper Darby Township, in response to the requirements of the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency, and the PA Department of Environmental Protection has developed a stormwater Management Program, and has been diligently working to reduce the discharge of pollutants from outfalls, and to protect water quality in the receiving waterways.
Upper Darby Township lies within the Darby and Cobbs Creek Watershed, a watershed comprising a 77.2 - square mile drainage basin which encompasses 31 municipalities within Delaware, Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. There are five Creeks that border and intersect the Township: Darby Creek, Cobbs Creek, Naylor's Run Creek, Muckinapetes Creek and Collenbrook Creek. Therefore, it is essential that the Township be a good steward in maintaining the integrity of these waterways.
Upper Darby Township at a Public Meeting held on March 16, 2005 adopted the Township's "Stormwater Management Ordinance" (Ordinance No 2945). All individuals, especially developers, are encouraged to practice Best Management Practices (BMPs) in dealing with stormwater runoff. More information regarding illegal dumping into storm drains can be found under the Education tab. Illegal dumping materials include yard waste, lawn clippings, pet waste, pool water, and detergent water from washing your car. The Ordinance (and supplemental information) may be downloaded below:
The Township's goals are to:
Educating and promoting public awareness on storm water impacts as well as, encouraging public participation to reduce pollutants into the storm sewers is an integral part of the Township's long-term plan. The follow information should provide you further guidance and information on how you can help:
Automotive Fluids – Oils, grease, coolant and other chemicals can seriously harm aquatic life when leaked through the ground or into storm inlets that drain to nearby creeks. Check and maintain your vehicle regularly. Service your vehicle on impervious surfaces so that leaks and spills do not soak through the ground. When servicing your vehicle, use drip pans to collect leaks and spills. Use an absorbent or rags to soak up leaks and spills and dispose of them properly. If leaks or spills are left on paved surfaces, the contaminants will be washed into the storm drains and into nearby creeks upon the next rainfall event. Landscaping – Sweep up grass clippings after mowing the lawn and bag the clippings to put out with your regular trash. Grass clippings and leaves blown into the street will eventually wash into the storm drains, clogging the drains and cause flooding, or give added unwanted nutrients in the streams. In addition, proper and efficient use of lawn chemicals helps prevent excess runoff of chemicals into streams.
Pet Waste – Pet waste can be a major source of bacteria and excess nutrients in local waters. When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly. Flushing pet waste is the best disposal method. Leaving pet waste on the ground increases public health risks by allowing harmful bacteria and nutrients to wash into the storm drain and eventually into local water bodies.
Pool Water Discharge – Pool water containing Chlorine, even in low levels, when discharged directly into the storm drains or sewers can adversely impact the aquatic life within the creek. Only clear water with a pH factor lower than 10 or higher than 6 may be discharged. In addition, pool water should not be discharged onto paved streets that indirectly drain towards storm inlets and into the creeks. PA DEP guidelines suggest discharging pool water over pervious or grassy areas at a rate that allows for the water to infiltrate and aerate the ground so that erosion does not occur.
An environmental violation is an activity that does not comply with an environmental law or regulation. Examples of environmental violations include, but are not limited to, the following:
An environmental emergency is a sudden threat to the public health or the well-being of the environment, arising from the release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water. Examples of environmental emergencies include, but is not limited, to the following:
These emergencies may occur from transportation accidents, events at chemical or other facilities using or manufacturing chemicals, or as a result of natural or man-made disaster events. If you witness an environmental emergency call 911 or the National Response Center at: 1-800-424-8802.
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