Printable Version - Do you know where stormwater goes? Why it matters

July 17, 2014

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: 

Next Spring, one of our initiatives independent of Clearwater Conservancy will be to participate with the education program at Millbrook Marsh for elementary students. Annually, hundreds of students come by bus to the Marsh. Next year, they will also be educated about where stormwater goes and the impact of dumping. 

We want residents to learn as early as possible how to help protect the water supply. 

How can you help? Dispose of household paints, chemicals, prescription drugs, and pet wastes correctly. 

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. 

For more information and links about stormwater management, search “stormwater management” at our website.

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