Stormwater

What is stormwater?

Stormwater is water from precipitation that flows across the ground and pavement when it rains or when snow and ice melt. This is called stormwater runoff.


Where does stormwater go?

Stormwater seeps into the ground or drains to what we call storm sewers. These drains are located on street corners or low points along the curb. Drains are connected by pipes underground and go directly to our local streams.


Why is stormwater a concern?

Stormwater becomes a problem when it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants as it flows. Along with the stormwater runoff, these pollutants go directly to our local streams.


What you can do to be part of the solution:

Never dump anything down a storm drain.

Don’t be a litterbug, instead pick up trash that you see.

Pick up after your pet.

Use commercial car washes, or wash your car on the lawn so that water can infiltrate.

Use fertilizers and pesticides sparingly.

Report any stormwater problems, dumping incidents, stream irregularities, etc. to the municipality.


Links:

Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative

PA Department of Environmental Protection

A Watershed Moment (12:11; the video will take a few minutes to load, and will open in a new window)


Stream Smart Stormwater House Call Brochure:

Stream Smart Brochure

The Stream Smart Stormwater House Call project, funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, will conduct property audits which will be used to educate owners about stormwater pollution and to identify projects to reduce the stormwater runoff leaving their property. These projects include options like rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs, pervious pavement, and more.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is currently looking for property owners within the Darby/Cobbs Watershed to participate in this program. To learn more and to see if your property is a good fit for the program, email Jayne Young and visit PRC's website.

Click here to view and download a PDF of the Stream Smart Stormwater House Call brochure.