Stormwater Management/MS4

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is rainwater or melted snow that runs off buildings, streets, lawns, and other sites. When stormwater is absorbed into the ground, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes groundwater or flows into streams and creeks.  Impervious surfaces like driveways, buildings, streets, and sidewalks prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground.

Why is Stormwater Runoff a Problem?

Stormwater in developed areas can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. The impervious surfaces prevent the stormwater from soaking into the ground which would filter the water, and instead the polluted stormwater flows rapidly into storm drains, drainage ditches, or creeks.  Anything that enters the storm drains is untreated and ultimately ends up in the water we use for swimming, fishing, and drinking water.  Untreated stormwater can contain higher levels of pollutants leading to contaminated creeks and streams and can also cause flooding and stream bank erosion.

Annual Stormwater Reports

Annual Stormwater Reports can be viewed at the township building upon request.

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  1. Sat Jun. 17

    CCWA Creek Cleanup Directions: Parking is at the Pine Hill Arboretum. From Holy Spirit Hospital, proceed downhill on Center Street, crossing our wonderful creek. At the second traffic light (0.8 miles), turn right. Proceed on Creekside Drive to the Arboretum (0.8 miles). Parking is limited. Please contact Tom Allison ( for more information.
  2. Sat Jul. 15

    CCWA Creek Cleanup Directions: Parking is near the pumping station behind Highmark. From Holy Spirit Hospital on North 21st Street, turn left (downhill). Proceed 0.6 miles across the bridge over our wonderful creek. Turn right at the first traffic light. Stay right and carefully drive (0.3 miles) through the parking lot, always choosing “back of building/downhill”. Drive around back to the lowest parking lot. Please contact Tom Allison ( for more information.
  3. Sat Aug. 19

    CCWA Creek Cleanup Directions: Parking will be at West Fairview Point Park. Head north along the Susquehanna River from Wormleysburg. After crossing the bridge over the mouth of our wonderful creek, get in the right lane and follow the signs to West Fairview/West Fairview Point Park. Please contact Tom Allison ( for more information.
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