MS4 and stormwater related projects are important to the community because they lessen the potential for flooding during and after rain events and reduce the amount pollutants entering our local waterways. MS4 projects, often referred to as Best Management Practices, or BMPs, come in many forms including vegetative swales, bioretention basins, infiltration facilities, rain gardens, streambank stabilization, and riparian buffer restoration. Each variety of BMP serves to reduce the amount of stormwater runoff and/or improve the water quality of the stormwater runoff. Implementing stormwater BMPs is not only beneficial to our local creeks and streams, it also improves the condition of downstream receiving waters such as the Chesapeake Bay.
In 2020, the Township will implement a stormwater utility fee to help fund stormwater related projects and programs throughout the Township. The stormwater utility fee is a monthly user fee collected from businesses, churches, schools and homeowners to help subsidize the substantial cost of operation, maintenance and improvements to the existing storm sewer system and facilities
West Hanover Township Municipal Authority recently approved a $104 per Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) annual stormwater utility fee (retroactive to January 2020), and will be holding a meeting February 18, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at the West Hanover Township Building, at which they will vote to adopt the draft credit policy. Residents are encouraged to attend.
The Township in partnership with HRG (Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc.) will be performing Stormwater BMP inspections for residential and commercial properties in the Township beginning February, 2020. BMP inspections are required by PADEP to ensure existing stormwater facilities remain in place and maintained to ensure proper operating performance. Property owners will be notified of any deficiencies found during the BMP inspection. Proper operation and maintenance of private stormwater facilities and BMPs is a critical component of the Township’s overall approach to stormwater management.
TIPS TO REDUCE STORMWATER POLLUTION IN THE WINTER
Tips to Reduce Stormwater Pollution in the Winter
> Dispose of snow in vegetated areas; avoid dumping it into the streets, inlets,
> Use safe and effective alternatives to salt for ice prevention, such as
sand or kitty litter.
> Once snow and ice has melted and dried, remove excess salt from
> Salts are typically ineffective at melting ice once air temperatures
drop below 15 degrees.
> Report large, uncovered stockpiles of deicing salt to the Township at
Any discharge to the Township’s storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of stormwater, or a PADEP approved non-stormwater discharge shall be considered an illicit discharge.
Please report cases of suspected illicit discharge to the Township at
717-652-4841 or online at https://westhanover.com/contact/