Ferguson Township's Sustainability Initiatives: Stormwater Management

Date: September 3, 2015

In April 2015, Ferguson Township was named a Certified Gold Community by Sustainable Pennsylvania. Certified Gold Community - Ferguson Township
We were glad to be recognized for our commitment to preserving our agricultural heritage and our wide open spaces, to responsible development, and doing all we can to promote a sustainable community.

The Township's sustainable initiatives include:

    •    agricultural preservation
    •    stormwater management
    •    our parks
    •    our bike-friendly community and shared use paths
    •    refuse, recycling, compost and yard waste

Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff starts from your roof, your lawn, your gutters and our streets. It ends up in our local streams, and creeks, and therefore our water supply. That’s why it’s so important to minimize pollutants and contaminants in stormwater runoff. 

Ferguson Township is required to participate in a Federal Environmental Protection agency (EPA)-mandated program for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4).

This program aims to reduce the flow of pollutants into the township’s storm sewers and drainage ditches. 

Ferguson Township and other Centre County MS4 partners are working with the Clearwater Conservancy to promote public education, outreach and involvement in stormwater matters. In collaboration with the State College Borough, College Township, Patton Township, Harris Township,and Penn State University, the Township is working through Clearwater Conservancy, which spearheads these public awareness initiatives: 

    •    Watershed Clean-Up Day every Spring
    •    Newspaper articles and ads
    •    Creating a website dedicated to MS4 stormwater efforts
    •    Rain barrel workshops -- build a rain barrel and take it home 

The Township is required and committed to vigilance on stormwater matters, including reporting of illicit discharges, the inspection of stormwater facilities, and implementation of good housekeeping practices. 

View more information and links about stormwater management