City of Hazleton Municipal Separate Stormwater Sewer System (MS4)

The purpose of this web page is to help foster public awareness regarding the City of Hazleton’s implementation of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) as part of the Federal Phase II Stormwater Management Program.

In an ongoing attempt to make stormwater cleaner, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is implementing a new permit to meet new federal regulations. As a part of this permit, small communities must implement a storm water management program, track progress towards its goals, and report on its progress.

New federal stormwater management regulations require that the City of Hazleton, and others “urbanized areas” across Pennsylvania, apply for and maintain a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge stormwater from the City’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).

The federal regulations establish six categories of Best Management Practices (BMP’s) that must be implemented by all permittees. Each municipality subject to the regulation must implement a stormwater management program that contains every one of these elements. The six BMP categories, also called “minimum control measures”, are as follows:

1. Public Education- Distribute stormwater pamphlets to all target audiences, run stormwater ads in the newspaper, distribute educational materials to schools, community organizations, and businesses.

pdfDEP “When It Rains, It Drains” Information Pamphlet

pdfHomeowner’s Guide to Healthy Habits for Clean Water

2. Public Involvement - Conduct public meetings to inform the public about the City’s stormwater management ordinance and regulations. Develop volunteer programs for community groups, such as “Adopt a Storm Drain”. Involve local groups such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. Anyone interested in any of these programs or public participation, please contact Mayor’s office at 570-459-4910.

3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination- Create map of all outfalls within the community. Conduct field screenings of 25% of the outfalls each year to determine illicit discharges. Remove or correct illicit discharges.

4. Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Management- Attempt to educate developers within the municipality on the stormwater codes that are enforced. Distribute posters and information about Construction Site Run-Off and BMPs.

pdfA Construction Site Operator’s Guide to PA’s Stormwater Permit Program

pdfStormwater and the Construction Industry Poster with BMPs

home-pageThe Construction Industry Compliance Assistance Center homepage

5. Post Construction Stormwater Management - This section addresses the codes dealing with stormwater runoff after construction is complete. Inform developers of ordinances and sanctions that must be followed.

6. Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention- Comprehensive pollution prevention program for municipal operations; with a focus on vehicle maintenance, fueling and washing, maintenance of stormwater facilities, and employee training. Inform City workers about BMPS and distribute informative materials.

pdfCar Wash
pdfOil Slick
pdfPet Waste

The City of Hazleton is actively participating in this program and is presently adhering to the established permit limits, schedules, and measurable goals.
The following Ordinances pertain to Stormwater Management in the City of Hazleton:
ORDINANCE 2011-5 - April 27, 2011  Download Here
ORDINANCE 2013-13 – September 3, 2013  Download Here  Download Attachment Here

All questions, comments, and concerns with regard to the Stormwater Management Progam must be made in writing and mailed to: Stormwater Fee Questions, c/o City Hall, 40 N. Church St., 2nd Floor, Hazleton, PA 18201. (Please provide a copy of the invoice with your letter).

If there is an error with your Stormwater Fee Invoice, please contact the Department of Administration at 570-459-4921.
For more information on the City of Hazleton’s Stormwater Program, please contact:
City Engineer at 570-459-4915
Alan Wufsus, Project Manager at 570-459-4918
home-pageEPA NPDES Stormwater Program

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