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Stormwater Program

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.

Report Stormwater Pollution

Polluted runoff.


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.

To Report a Spill or Illegal Dumping:

  • Call 911 for an emergency
  • Call 610.437.7636 during business hours (7:00 am - 3:30 pm)
  • Call 610.437.7751 after hours and on weekends
  • Submit an online report by visiting the Contact Us page of the website

Protect Our Streams with this Seasonal Stormwater Tip

Blanketing the ground with snow and ice, winter time brings challenges in protecting public safety and environmental health.

Melted snow and ice running into a stormdrain.

Follow these tips for managing your property for winter stormwater:

  • Shovel snow early before it builds up and freezes.
  • Pile snow in locations where it will melt and soak into the ground.
  • Do not bury fire hydrants.
  • Make sure your nearest storm drains are clear.
  • Apply de-icer early, appropriately, and give it time to work. One 50-pound bag of salt can contaminate 10,000 gallons of water.
    • Remember that salt does not work below 15°F.
    • Use a de-icer that is more environmentally friendly, such as a product containing acetate, potassium chloride, or magnesium chloride (instead of sodium chloride or calcium chloride).
    • Sweep up any material remaining after the ice melts.
    • Use cracked corn for traction on your walkways instead of sand or kitty litter.
Have a safe Winter and thank you for keeping our watersheds healthy!

Contact Information
Angela DiBuo
MS4 Coordinator

Robert Thomas
Stormwater Manager

Michael Lichty
Environmental Engineer

Radu Lungu
Stormwater Monitoring Coordinator

Scott Reppert
Maintenance Supervisor

Jason Hertz
Maintenance Supervisor