The City's Engineer Office reached out to the youth at the HIP Center to help with a project to make storm water drains meet State requirements.
Mayor Jeff Cusat says the City is working to meet Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection requirements under the Storm Water Management Education Program.
The program requires all municipalities in populated areas to detect and eliminate Non-Point Source Pollution (NPSP). NPSP is a combination of contaminants from various sources that find their way into our streams, lakes, and rivers by way of rainfall and snowmelt.
Many of the pollutants include but are not limited to soap, oil, gasoline, littler, cigarette butts and sediments. The main outlet of these contaminants is from storm drain discharge. Storm drains offer no means of filtration and are easy targets for illegal dumping. It is important that residents understand that what goes down storm drains ultimately ends up in lakes, streams, and other bodies of water. To insure healthy water for both aquatic life and human consumption we must first detect and hen eliminate NPSP.
In an effort to educate the public, "NO DUMPING DRAINS TO WATERWAY" stencils were used near storm water inlets in the city.
Thank you to those who participated and to the city for giving them the opportunity to shine in the community.