Stormwater management is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns and other sites and the improvement of water quality, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
In natural settings, rainwater or snow melt slowly soaks into the ground surface or flows overland into adjacent streams. In developed areas, natural surfaces are often replaced with hard surfaces such as streets, sidewalks, parking lots, homes or other similar structures. If not properly controlled, stormwater runoff from those areas can overwhelm streams and embankments and could cause major flooding, soil erosion and water pollution.
A growing awareness of just how vulnerable Pennsylvania’s waterways have become to damage from stormwater runoff has resulted in legislation requiring municipalities like Cranberry to obtain permits before discharging stormwater runoff into waterways like Brush Creek.
Community Park Stream Restoration 2022
A project to restore the stream in Community Park was completed in the summer and fall of 2022 by the Township's Public Works and Engineering departments.
Stormwater System Maintenance
Cranberry’s current stormwater management system is extensive. Parts of it are privately owned, other parts are municipal property. All property owners are required to keep their stormwater facilities in working order at their own expense. Cranberry currently spends over a million dollars a year to maintain its portions of that system. Until recently, Cranberry financed its stormwater system and flood control maintenance from general tax revenues. However, with the state’s updated regulations, that expense has grown.
Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection has issued a series of updated regulations designed to reduce water pollution and protect property against flooding from stormwater. Those regulations must be implemented by 2023.
More About the Cranberry Township General Authority
The Board of Supervisors created the General Authority to take advantage of programs and funding opportunities offered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to municipal authorities that assist in implementing municipal services and other activities permitted by the Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Act.
Rules & Regulations Stormwater Management Program Rules & Regulations
General Authority Meetings are listed here, Meetings of Boards & Commissions
- What is stormwater and why is it a concern for Cranberry Township?
- What is the Township’s Stormwater Management Program?
- What is a base rate utility and who pays it?
- Are property owners who don’t use public sewer and water part of the base rate utility?
- Why not use the Township’s General Fund to absorb these costs?
- If the stormwater rate is to generate funds to replace the dollars currently coming from the General Fund, how are those General Fund dollars being re-purposed?