The Southeastern Pennsylvania Resource Conservation and Development Council (SEPA RC&D) is assisting municipalities in Eastern Delaware County, Pennsylvania by helping them to work as a group on stormwater management issues such as the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Program.
Currently, many municipalities in Pennsylvania are faced with implementation of a number of federal and state program requirements associated with watershed-related permits and issues. Each of them is separately responsible for undertaking much of the same work, often within the same watershed boundaries. Southeastern PA RC&D recognizes that stormwater management issues could be better addressed in a more holistic planning forum.
The municipalities involved in this project are MS4 municipalities. They are older, highly urbanized, mostly very small, and have serious technical and financial constraints in dealing with stormwater-related regulatory requirements and and implementation of other stormwater-related activities identified in regional watershed plans.
Funding for this innovative project has been provided by US Environmental Protection Agency and the William Penn Foundation.
The results of this project will provide the Darby-Cobbs Watershed municipalities and neighboring watershed municipalities with a model program for dealing with stormwater management issues, and specifically assist them with implementation of stormwater-related programs and activities such as those identified in the Cobbs Creek Integrated Watershed Management Plan (CCIWMP). It is hoped that this project will be duplicated in other areas of Pennsylvania, as well as the nation, where there is no centralized entity (i.e., city or county) responsible for undertaking stormwater issues in a coordinated fashion.
Expected outcomes of the project include:
- The creation of a multi-municipal collaborative to address stormwater management in the project area communities
- Initiation of joint programs and common stormwater practices under the guidance of a stormwater manager
- Municipal officials and residents thinking beyond their political boundaries
- Better implementation of common stormwater management practices by the study area communities
- Long-term implementation of a self-sustaining funding mechanism
- Joint/common public education and outreach plans and programs
- State and federal environmental officials using this project as a model