2021 NPDES Permit
Newtown Township MS4 Pollution Reduction Plan
Below please find the documents regarding the Newtown Township MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) Pollution Reduction Plan which was approved by the PA Department of Environmental Protection. These documents are presented here for public information.
After visiting our website and using it as a resource for a project, a middle school student, Ann-Marie of the Lakeville Nature Environmental Club, shared this glossary page - https://www.oberk.com/watercycleglossaryofterms to help better understand the water cycle and the importance of good Stormwater Management.
On this page, you can find information and links to the people and resources available to help us in the protection of our water resources, stream paths and aquifers. The Township is working hand in hand with organizations such as the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (CRC), Darby Creek Valley Association (DCVA) and implementation of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) MS-4 requirements for protection of our Darby Creek and Crum Creek Watershed.
- CRC Resources
- Educational Materials
- Pamphlets & Brochures
- Let's "Pick It Up"
- PA DEP Resources
- EPA Resources
- Best Management Practices
- Construction Poster Number 1 (PDF)
- Construction Poster Number 2 (PDF)
- Dog Waste Poster (PDF)
- Dry Pond Information (PDF)
- Healthy Yards, Clean Streams (PDF)
- Infiltration Trenches (PDF)
- Keep Yard Waste Away from Streams (PDF)
- Naturalizing Your Yard (PDF)
- Permeable Pavers (PDF)
- Pet Waste Information (PDF)
- Plant Trees (PDF)
- Streamside Forests (PDF)
- Streamside Forests for Wildlife (PDF)
- Underground Detention (PDF)
- Vegetated Swale (PDF)
- Wet Pond Information (PDF)
- Alternatives to Pesticides (PDF)
- Alternatives to Salt for Treating Icy Sidewalks and Driveways (PDF)
- Approval to Build is Only the Beginning to Protecting Water Quality (PDF)
- Auto Maintenance Good Practices (PDF)
- Can Meadows Be Greener than Grass (PDF)
- Car Washes and Your Stream Pamphlet (PDF)
- Cars for Clean Creeks (PDF)
- Dog Waste Poster (PDF)
- Fertilize Your Lawn the Easy Way (PDF)
- Green Guide for Property Management (PDF)
- Green Guide to Clean Water for Residents (PDF)
- Greener than Grass (PDF)
- Keeping Car Washing From Hurting Our Streams (PDF)
- Proper Mulching (PDF)
- Protecting Your Stream - 25 Ways to Protect Your Stream and Streamside Property (PDF)
- Put Rainwater to Work for You (PDF)
- Rain Gardens Brochure (PDF)
- Raise Mower Height for Healthier Lawns, Cleaner Water (PDF)
- Restaurant and Food Service Good Practices (PDF)
- Stormwater is Everybody's Business (PDF)
- Streamside Buffers - What to Plant? (PDF)
- Streamside Property - How to Care For (PDF)
- Swimming Pool Fact Sheet (PDF)
- The Right Tree in the Right Place (PDF)
- Tips for Streamside Landowners (PDF)
Pet Waste & Stormwater
Pet waste is a source of many harmful microorganisms that can be transmitted from the waste to humans if it is not promptly picked up and disposed of. This list includes:
- E. coli
- Roundworm parasites
Many of these microorganisms will last months in the soil, and some up to four years, if not immediately cleaned up from lawns, along trails, in parks or preserves. Children and landscape workers who care for our lawns, gardens, and public areas are most at risk. Studies have shown that dog waste is also a significant source of bacterial and nutrient contamination to streams, especially during the “first flush” from a rain storm which carries the majority of the pollution washing off of lawns and hard surfaces.
What You Can Do to Help
To protect your family and to be considerate of your fellow residents and other trail users, please remember to “scoop the poop” with a plastic bag and dispose of it promptly in a public trash can or your own trash receptacle (not your neighbor’s trash can or down storm drains, please!), and wash your hands.
Composting or burying your pet’s waste does not destroy harmful organisms.
Please don’t go barefoot or wear open shoes in dog parks or other areas where dogs frequently deposit waste, and it is not advisable for young children to play in these areas.
- Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association
- Companion Animal Parasite Council
- Snohomish County Public Works Department, Washington State