The Phase II Regulations require an MS4 permittee to develop a program to educate the public about the impact of Stormwater discharges on local waterways and the steps that citizens, businesses, and other organizations can take to reduce the contamination of Stormwater, thus preventing/reducing pollutants from discharging into our surface waters - rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands. Runoff from rain or snow melt that cannot be absorbed into the ground has the ability to carry pollutants, such as oils, soil/sediment, chemicals and lawn fertilizers directly to our surface waters and is known as Stormwater pollution.
The LCCD staff provides education and outreach to the citizens of Lehigh County on topics including Watershed, Non-point Source Pollution and Prevention, Agricultural Activities, Stormwater Management, Erosion and Sediment Control, Sediment Pollution Prevention. The targeted audience typically reached by LCCD includes Schools, Agricultural Community, Watershed Groups, Developers, Design Engineers, Earth Moving Contractors, Municipal Employees, and the Community at large.
Healthy waters attract people to live, work, and play on or near them and improve our quality of life. Polluted waters has a negative impact on our drinking water sources and maintenance of drinking water facilities, aquatic life, recreation and food sources.
You can take the following steps to help protect the quality of our waters:
- Use fertilizers sparingly, never exceeds the products application rates
- Sweep driveways, sidewalks and roads (rather than washing them with water)
- Never dump anything down a storm drain
- PLant native grasses in bare spots in your yard, set mowers at 3 inches to help reain turf density
- Compost yard waste
- Avoid using pesticides
- Direct downspouts to lawns and away from paved areas
- wash your vehicle at the car wash instead of in your driveway
- Conduct routine maintenance on your vehicle, check for fluid leaks, recycle motor oil
- Clean up after your pet to minimize bacteria reaching our waterways
- Regularly inspect and pump your septic tank/system
Practicing these simple steps will help to reduce the pollution runoff from the Stormwater that leaves your yard and driveway
Please visit the LCCD's publication webpage page for Newsletter articles about Stormwater topics: LCCD Newsletters
For more information regarding public education and outreach please visit PADEP's website: PADEP Municipal Stormwater
EPA Fact Sheet - Public Education and Outreach