Reducing Polluted Runoff is Essential to Meet State Clean Water Goals

Bay Foundation Hosts Three Workshops for South Central Pennsylvania Municipal Officials and Engineers

(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) and partners will host a series of workshops in January and February 2014 for municipal officials, employees, and engineers working in Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Cumberland, and Franklin Counties. The workshops will provide educational and outreach assistance, offer technical support, and explore financial opportunities to help communities pay for improvements to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permitting requirements.

The Susquehanna River Basin is one of the most flood prone river systems in the United States, with millions of dollars in property damage occurring each year. And while there are many sources degrading the Commonwealth's rivers and streams, polluted runoff from suburban and urban areas is of significant concern. Currently the third largest pollution source it has damaged nearly 2,500 miles of our streams and rivers.

Polluted runoff generally originates from urban and suburban areas. As rainwater flows across hard surfaces, such as parking lots, roadways, rooftops, and even our manicured grass lawns, it can pick up and carry with it a mixture of potentially toxic pollutants.

"Polluted runoff is not only a top pollution source, it directly impacts our economy from the property damage caused by small stream and big river flooding events," said Ruth Hocker, P.E., CBF's Pennsylvania Senior Scientist. "Aging and inadequate infrastructure in our older boroughs and cities coupled with land use changes and increased development without adequate controls for dealing with run-off exacerbate the problem. By making significant improvements to existing systems, and by incorporating green infrastructure techniques into new development, we can turn this around."

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recognized that a comprehensive and coordinated initiative to raise awareness and understanding of polluted runoff, as well as the opportunities to make improvements, was needed. Thanks to a grant from the William Penn Foundation, CBF will be hosting, with the URS Corporation presenting, informational workshops for municipal officials, engineers, and technical staff.

Workshop dates are set for January 27, 29, for municipal officials and staff, and February 3, 2014, for engineers. The workshops are free; however, reservations are required and attendance is limited to municipal officials, municipal employees, and engineers working only in Dauphin, Cumberland, Lancaster, York, and Franklin Counties. CBF hopes to be able to provide additional workshops to a broader geographic region in the future.

January Workshop(s) Details:

Monday, January 27, 2014
Farm & Home Center
1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster

Reservations to attend must be received by January 17th

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Radisson Hotel
1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill

Reservations to attend must be received by January 17th

Workshops held on the 27th and 29th will explore:

"MS4-Understanding the Overall Puzzle"
9:00 a.m.-12 p.m. session for Government Officials & Staff
This session will provide an overview of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL and MS4 permit requirements. Participants will also discuss resources that are available to help communities comply with those requirements.

"MS4-Connecting the Pieces"
1:00-3:00 p.m. session for Staff and Public Works Departments
This session will provide a more detailed discussion of stormwater management. Many types of alternative management methods for polluted runoff will also be discussed.

February Workshop Details:

Monday, February 3, 2014
Clarion Hotel Inn & Convention Center
148 Sheraton Drive New Cumberland

Reservations to attend must be received by January 24th

Workshop held on February 3rd will explore:

"Estimating Pollutant Loads & Managing BMPs"
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Features and functions of various best management practices (BMPs) including traditional stormwater management practices, green infrastructure (GI), and non-structural BMPs and their benefits in managing polluted runoff.

Water-quality models and tools will be available to estimate baseline pollutant loads, general data requirements for their development, and their pros and cons.

Note: Certificates for PDHs will be provided to attendees requiring continuing education.

For more information about the workshops contact Ruth Hocker, P.E., CBF's Pennsylvania Senior Scientist, at, or Debbie Pfeil, URS, at 302-547-6068, or

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