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Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management Resources

Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project

What Is Stormwater, And Why Is It An Issue?

  • When precipitation falls onto land, some percolates into the soil while others may run off into nearby streams.
  • If the land has been treated with pesticides or fertilizers, some of these chemicals may be carried with the storm water.

  • If the land has been paved, the runoff will carry away pollutants accumulated on the pavement.

  • Upstream pollutants, water, and sediments can funnel down into rivers and lakes.

  • A useful indicator of the severity of runoff problems in urban or suburban watersheds is the acreage of impervious surface.  This is important since these paved areas may create 2 - 16 times the amount of runoff as a natural landscape would.

How Does Stormwater Runoff Degrade Surface Waters?

  • It carries with it a variety of pollutants.
  • It may cause flooding and erosion as small streams cannot handle increased volumes of water.
  • It may result in increased water temperatures in warmer months.

What Are Some Of The Pollutants?

  • Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen - source can be fertilizers or animal waste.  The impact may include stimulating excessive growth of algae.
  • BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand or Organic Wastes) - source is human and animal wastes.  The impact is loss of oxygen in streams which can kill fish.

  • Bacteria - source is animal or human wastes.  Impacts include risk of infection from pathogens or bleach closures.

  • Suspended Sediments - source is from erosion of soils.  Impacts include reduced water clarity and loss of aquatic habitat. 

Jackson Townships Role in Stormwater Management

Jackson Township Stormwater Management Ordinance
Stormwater Discharge Application

Stormwater Instructions for New Homeowners

Erosion & Sediment Control for New Construction

Stormwater Links
Greater Johnstown Watershed Association
PaDEP Stormwater Management Site

Pennsylvania Watersheds
Stormwater Management Resource Center
Watershed Atlas of the Allegheny & Monongahela Rivers

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