Upper St. Clair's Actions

The Township of Upper St. Clair intends to continue past efforts to maintain and improve water quality in and around the Township, and will implement the following Best Management Practices (BMP's) to meet the goals of the Storm Water Phase II Regulations. Each BMP is discussed more fully below.


Public Education and Outreach

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Task Program
Year 1 Year 2
Articles will be developed for publication in the Township's quarterly magazine, "Upper St. Clair Today". This will make the public aware of the impacts of stormwater discharges to waterbodies and the steps needed to decrease stormwater will be implemented to distribute educational materials to the community. Article will be prepared and published in the Township's magazine. Update the article as necessary and publish regularly.
The Township has the benefit of having its own cable television channel, which can be used to further educate and disseminate information to the residents of the community. Draft material for the Cable Channel Update the public service announcement regularly.
Create a web site to further educate and disseminate information pertaining to the stormwater management program that is both understandable and user-friendly to every resident. Gather information and develop an interactive, user-friendly web site. Update the web site on a regular basis with current information.


Public Participation/Involvement

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Task Program
Year 1 Year 2
Upon approval of the Township's Phase II Stormwater Management Program, the Township will present the program at an advertised public meeting and invite public input and participation. Notice of the meeting will be published in the local newspapers and the Township's web site. Hold a public meeting for ideas and involvement activities. Consider ideas and recommendations from public for implementation.
Storm drain stenciling or another type of method that would cause awareness to residents. Create and develop a stencil plan and gather volunteers to assist with project. Begin stenciling every storm drain inlet throughout the Township.


Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination

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Task Program
Year 1 Year 2
The Township will develop a storm sewer system map that shows all outfalls, and the location/name of all waters of the US that receive discharges, to create a layer within the existing GIS mapping system. Develop a storm sewer system map, locating all outfalls, names and locations of all waters that receive discharge from the outfalls. Create map in digital and hard copy format.
Develop a method to detect and address non-stormwater discharges into the MS4.
1. Locate the Problem
2. Find the Source
3. Remove/Correct Illicit Connections
4. Document Actions Taken
Begin to implement the four items and develop results. Develop a plan to detect and address discharges
1. Takes water samplings from manholes and outfall during dry weather.*
2. TV the storm sewer lines and maintain dye tests for each property at the point of sale.
3. Once the problem area is located, notification will be sent for mitigation
4. Retain copies of each dye test conducted, along with Annual Reports
The Township will develop and draft a Township Ordinance that prohibits illicit discharges into the separate storm sewer system. The ordinance shall include appropriate enforcement procedures for violations. Develop ideas for ordinance, prepare language. Adopt and implement ordinance.

* Attached is a copy of the Stormwater Outfall Testing chart that specifies the testing that will be conducted a minimum of 72 hours after a rain event. Also attached is the Illicit Discharge Field Screening Program Data Collection Form that will also be used to detect non-stormwater discharges.



Construction Runoff Controls

Summary of minimum measure permit requirements

Task Program
Year 1 Year 2
The Township will develop a storm sewer system map that shows all outfalls, and the location/name of all waters of the US that receive discharges, to create a layer within the existing GIS mapping system. Set up a filing system to maintain site plans/drawings on file in the Community Development Department. Implement method of filing. Implement and develop a method of notification to applicants for permits required for 1-5 acres.


Post-Construction Stormwater Management

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Task Program
Year 1 Year 2
Upper St. Clair has a Stormwater Management Ordinance that requires new developments to implement stormwater detention/retention measures such that the peak rate of post-development runoff does not exceed the pre-development rate. Developers typically choose to install detention ponds or underground detention facilities. The Township will annually inspect to assure that they are properly maintained, and advise the property owner of any remedial action required. Develop and implement a plan to inspect stormwater ponds both public and private. Review existing ordinances. Implement a method of neighborhood maintenance for private detention/retention ponds.


Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

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Task Program
Year 1 Year 2
Upper St. Clair's Department of Public Works is based in a state of the art facility on McLaughlin Run Road. Good housekeeping operations are maintained at all times. Prevention measures include indoor or covered storage of all chemicals and deicing agents, including salt. The Township's gasoline pumps are up-to-date and maintained to include proper shut-off mechanisms. Oils and grease are stored to contain any spills and used material is collected for recycling. Public Works will maintain procedures for containment of all chemicals from department. Public Works will maintain procedures for containment of all chemicals from department.
The application of road salt and other deicing materials is limited to that which is absolutely necessary. Deicing material applications will be limited. Applications will continue to be limited for deicing agents.
Maintain the storm inlets and catch basins on a regular basis to minimize trash debris in the storm sewer system. The Department of Public Works has designed and constructed the inlets so that they are self-cleaning. In the case that they do need cleaned, they are cleaned by a sewer jet vacuum or manually. Public Works will continue to provide maintenance on all storm inlets. Public Works will continue to provide maintenance on all storm inlets.
Purchase a street sweeping machine. Research and purchase a street sweeping machine. Implement a schedule for street sweeping.
Develop a trash collection schedule in all public areas. Maintain trash collection in all Township public areas. Maintain a trash collection schedule.
Develop a recycling program. Develop a method and program for recycling. Implement and maintain program for recycling.
Develop a leaf collection schedule for the Township. Create a schedule for implementation. Implement trash collection schedule.

Contact

Information

Department of Planning and Community Development

P. 412-831-9000
(Ext. 5010)
F. 412-854-0773

1820 McLaughlin Run Road  Upper St. Clair, PA 15241


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