Franconia Township is required to file a strategy plan that addresses how the Township intends on reducing the amount of sediment in the impaired Skippack Creek over the next 40 years, with measurable results within the next five years. The Township's MS4 Committee has worked closely with the Township Engineers to develop a plan that they believe will accomplish a reduction in the sediment level and satisfy the requirements of the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The plan was approved via Resolution 15-40-14-12. The plan can be viewed by clicking here or by stopping into the office and requesting to review the document.
Ordinance #377- Updated requirements for the Neshaminy Watershed
The Franconia Township Public Works Department completed the installation of a rain garden. The rain garden project was selected for grant funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. It provides both a mechanism for managing stormwater runoff and providing information to the park patrons about the benefits of rain gardens. Click here to read more about the project or click here to view additional pictures. The final plantings were added and the signage is the last step in the completion of the project.
Stormwater Ordinance Status: Franconia Township updated its stormwater ordinance when it enacted Ordinance 377 on August 18th, 2014. This ordinance was an update to the original ordinance approved in 2005. Ordinance #377 implements provisions of the "Neshaminy Creek Watershed Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan" in accordance with PA Act 167. It sets forth new and amends prior definitions, stormwater management regulations for water quality and quantity, stormwater best management practice (BMP) operations and maintenance requirements, inspections and right of entry regulations, fees and exepenses, prohibited activities, and the enforcement of the ordinance and penalties for violations.
What is storm water?
When it rains or snows, all of that precipitation either travels over the land or seeps into the ground. The water that runs over the land and gets into the storm sewer system is called storm water runoff. This water then goes directly into our nearby creeks, rivers, and lakes.
What’s the problem?
As this water flows over the ground and through the streets it washes debris, chemicals, and other pollutants into our creeks. The runoff, along with everything it collects on the way, never gets treated. To see two common ways you may be unknowingly contributing to stormwater pollution, click here. Very expensive treatment technologies are required to remove these harmful pollutants from our drinking water. In addition, excessive debris can clog inlets causing flooding and property damage.
Ways for You to Prevent Stormwater Pollution.
How do we fix it?
Franconia Township, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), is currently taking steps to prevent storm water pollution through a federally mandated program that better manages storm water. The 5-year NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) program will reduce the pollution by identifying sources of contamination in our community and get the entire township involved in making sure our water stays clean for drinking, recreation and wildlife! Please, do your part and help us manage stormwater pollution.
*Any illicit discharge as defined in the newly adopted ordinance is a violation of the code, and those who dump will be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine. Please call the Stormwater Hotline to report illicit discharges or anything that might pollute our streams at 215-723-1137!
To report an environmental emergency call:
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Hotline: 484-250-5900,
Franconia Township Police 215-723-6777,
Township Office 215-723-1137
Are you planning construction on your property? Franconia Township is taking measures to increase awareness of construction impacts on our water resources. All projects that will clear, grade, or disturb a site must install erosion and sediment controls. The sediment fromconstruction sites must be trapped and prevented from leaving the site and getting into our storm sewer systems and creeks. Not only do our water resources need to be protected, but without these controls, properties downstream can be affected when stormwater carries the sediment down slope.
Use a Silt Fence
If the proper erosion control techniques are used, water quality will be improved and flooding will be reduced. Common control measures include silt fence, hydro-seeding, straw, and vegetation. Please contact the township with any questions or for more information on erosion and sediment control and stabilized measures to keep our waterways clean.
Don’t Ditch the Ditch!
After it rains, stormwater runoff travels over the roads collecting debris and pollutants. The sediment, fertilizers, pet waste, oil and grease, etc. that can get into the water, quickly flow into the storm sewer where they get discharged directly into our creeks without ever being treated! The consequences of this can include odorous, unsightly algal blooms, illness from bacteria, harm to our aquatic life, and expensive laboratory testing.
Ditches, the environmentally sensitive alternative, filter out some of these pollutants and infiltrate the runoff back into our groundwater. Compared to stormwater pipe, ditches provide more capacity to convey stormwater runoff and their pervious nature slows down the velocity to allow the water to be absorbed by plants and soil.
To help increase water quality and offset negative stormwater impacts, protect and preserve these low maintenance ditches!
Check out the EPA blog for additional articles on stormwater manage and water quality.
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