Stormwater Management

Polluted Runoff: Nonpoint Source Pollution EPA Watersheds: This webpage is offered to educate residents about stormwater regulations, potential water pollution or flooding as a result of our local activities in the watershed. Solebury Township operates a Municipal Stormwater System (MSS) that is permitted by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP). This Permit requires that the Township:

  • Continue public education and outreach activities
  • Notify and solicit public input and involvement regarding management of the stormwater system
  • Monitor, test and eliminate illicit discharges from outfalls (stormwater exiting pipes into the waterways) in the system
  • Control construction site stormwater runoff through enforcement of ordinances
  • Ensure that all post-construction stormwater improvements in new or re-developed areas are built as designed and are operated and maintained properly
  • Implement a pollution prevention program for municipal operations

Nearly all of our Township newsletters have included an article about stormwater in the last five years or more as part of the PA DEP MSS Permit "public education" process. Township and development construction activities (land developments and subdivisions) are monitored by the Township Engineer.

In 2003, most municipalities in Pennsylvania were required to obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge storm runoff from the municipality owned storm sewer system (known as MS4. Click here to view the MS-4 Homepage and MS-4 Fact Sheet). Solebury Township received their NPDES-MS4 permit in 2004. Since that time, Solebury has complied with the requirements of the permit, which include tasks such as:

  • Enact a new Stormwater Management Ordinance (Ordinance No, 2011-06)
  • Inspect every stormwater outfall that discharges to the local streams and creeks for signs of pollution
  • Encourage the public to participate in stormwater related activities
  • Provide educational materials to the public and business owners
  • Review construction plans and permits for stormwater related concerns
  • File an annual report with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) documenting the permit related activities that occurred during the year.

This past fall, most Pennsylvania municipalities were required to submit applications for a new NPDES-MS4 permit. Solebury’s application is currently under review by the PADEP. When approved, the new permit will be similar to the current permit with the exception of new permit conditions regarding pollution limits. When the new permit is issued, Solebury Township maybe required to reduce specific pollutants in stormwater runoff. These pollutants include sediment (soil) and nutrients (fertilizer).

For additional information, visit the EPA Water Homepage  and the EPA Stormwater Homepage. Another valuable resource is the The Bucks County Conservation District website.