Scottdale Borough has been determined by the PA DEP and the EPA to be an MS4 community. MS4 stands for the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. This is the storm water system that collects water in the streets and discharges it to Jacob’s Creek. The water is not treated in a sewage plant or by any chemicals, it is discharged directly to the creek containing any number of pollutants which run off from melting snow or a rainstorm. The Clean Water Act requires the Borough to educate and identify the storm systems that carry water directly to the stream. The Borough must also minimize any impacts by pollutants to the storm water system by ordinance. A pollutant can be identified as the following: fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, waste products of vehicles such as oil and anti-freeze, and sediment pollution from construction sites or any earth moving activity.
Scottdale needs your assistance. We must eliminate any illegal dumping of hazardous chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. The Borough must develop and implement a Storm Water Management Program that meets the following minimum control measures:
- Public education and outreach on storm water impacts
- Public participation and involvement
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination
- Construction site runoff control
- Post-construction storm water management in new development and redevelopment
For additional information about the MS4’s please contact the Borough Office.