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.
Did you know that the same plastic water bottle left on a street in Allentown today may be found in the Atlantic Ocean 500 years from now?
Rain, and garbage, fall on City streets and enter streams that join the Lehigh River, which flows into the Delaware River, through the Delaware Bay, and into the ocean.
Some plastics take even longer to break down, and when they do, they still do not go away! These microplastics are eaten by ocean life and find their way into people by way of the food chain.
How can you help?
City of Allentown - 435 Hamilton Street - 610-439-5999