As a result of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement of 1983, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated the governance of stormwater and reduction of pollutants entering the Chesapeake Bay.
Specifically, the Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) requires a reduction of the following pollutants by 2023:
- 10% sediment
- 5% phosphorous
- 3% nitrogen
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ensures affected municipalities satisfy these mandates through the imposition of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permits.
Leading the regional approach to stormwater management, the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority (WVSA) will serve as the MS4 administrator among 32 municipalities (view map). WVSA continues working collaboratively with participating municipalities and has launched a public education campaign to raise awareness about best practices for stemming pollutants entering our waterways.
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