The goal of the City’s Stormwater Management Program is to manage the drainage infrastructure, in order to minimize pollution from entering our local waterways. Best Management Practices are implemented to meet federal requirements established by the Clean Water Act, and issued through a PaDEP MS4 NPDES permit. The program is comprised of many elements which act to reduce runoff volume, pollution, and localized flooding, while promoting public safety and improving the water quality of the streams and the Lehigh River, which flow through Allentown. Long-range goals of the program include replacing and upgrading aged infrastructure, understanding and addressing stream impairments, and educating and partnering with our community to help reduce environmental impacts.
Help to keep pollution out of our streams by reporting spills and illegal dumping. Paint, motor oil, dirt, cooking grease, and other pollutants which enter inlet grates in the streets, travel through underground pipes and pollute our streams.
Although leaves may seem harmless and are biodegradable, when in excess, they can pose a threat to water quality and contribute to localized flooding by blocking storm drains.
Rain washes leaves into storm drains where they make their way into streams and rivers. Once they enter the water, excess leaves may shade aquatic life that need sunlight to live. Also, decomposing leaves release nutrients that stimulate algae growth. Algae blooms change the taste of your drinking water and deplete oxygen that stream bugs and fish need to breathe.
How can you help?
Thank you for keeping our watersheds healthy!
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