What is stormwater runoff?

Cranberry Township is doing all it can to successfully manage stormwater - but we can't do it alone.

Stormwater pollution from point sources and nonpoint sources is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere.

Rainwater and snowmelt runoff streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites and pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil and grease, and many other pollutants on the way to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters. Stormwater runoff is our most common cause of water pollution.

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Public Education and Outreach - an informed community is crucial to the success of a stormwater management program - to assure greater support and greater compliance.

Public Participation/Involvement - The public can provide valuable input and assistance to a municipal stormwater management program.

Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination - Discharges into the storm sewers often include wastes and wastewater from non-stormwater sources. Cranberry has a plan to address illegal discharges.

Construction Site Runoff Control - Contractors needs to be aware of requirements and how to satisfy them.

Post–Construction Runoff Control - Post-construction stormwater management in areas undergoing new development or redevelopment is necessary because runoff from these areas has been shown to significantly affect receiving waterbodies.

Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping - This is a key element for MS4 stormwater management programs.