Zoning Department: What is Storm Water Runoff?
You may have noticed medallions attached to the stormwater inlets around the Borough. These have been installed to raise awareness about pollution generated from stormwater runoff. When it rains, stormwater runs over our yards, streets, parking lots, parks and playgrounds, carrying with it everything in its path. Pollutants such as oil and grease from cars, sediment from construction sites, and bacteria from pet feces are transported with the water as it’s conveyed to the Yellow Breeches, Cedar Run Watershed or Susquehanna River, either over land or via a storm drain. Unlike sanitary sewers that divert water to a treatment plant directly from your home, storm drains lead directly to surrounding surface waters without any type of treatment. Stormwater pollutants can affect water quality, recreational activities, aesthetic value, wildlife habitat, and the normal life cycle of organisms and animals.