Public Review and Comment Period Opens For Township’s Pollution Reduction Plan
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Supervisors of East Donegal Township (Township) will receive public comment(s) on the proposed Nutrient/Sediment Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) and Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan (CBPRP) required for the 2018-2023 General MS4 Permit. The proposed PRP and CBPRP include:
(1) Identification and locations of structural Best Management Practices (BMPs) for implementation during the permit period to reduce loadings of nutrients and sediment as required by Appendix D and Appendix E to Part C of the MS4 Permit, which applies to both General and Individual MS4 Permits;
(2) Explanation of the methodology used to calculate existing nutrients/sediment loadings and corresponding reductions from applicable watersheds with regulated MS4; and
(3) Locations of local waterways with nutrients/sediment impairments.
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) adopted and issued the Small MS4 Statewide General Permit (PAG-13) in 2003. In 2016, the PADEP issued a revised Small MS4 Statewide General Permit (PAG-13) for the 2018-2023 permit cycle. The revised MS4 Permit includes requirements for the development and implementation of a PRP for local waterways receiving discharges from the regulated MS4 with nutrients and/or sediment impairments, and a CBPRP for municipalities located in the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin. The Township is located in the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin.
For the PRP, the Township is required to reduce existing loadings of nutrients and sediment for locally impaired waterways from its regulated MS4 during the 5-year MS4 Permit cycle commencing in March 2018 as follows:
(1) 10% reduction in sediment, and
(2) 5% reduction in Total Phosphorus.
For the CBPRP, the Township is required to reduce existing loadings of nutrients and sediment to local waterways from its regulated MS4 during the 5-year MS4 Permit cycle commencing in March 2018 as follows:
(1) 10% reduction in sediment,
(2) 5% reduction in Total Phosphorus, and
(3) 3% reduction in Total Nitrogen.
The PRP and CBPRP can and is combined into a single document.
The proposed PRP and CBPRP are available for review at the Township office located at 190 Rock Point Road, Marietta, PA 17547 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 8:00 am to Noon Friday during the period of July 7, 2017 to August 10, 2017.
The proposed PRP and CBPRP are available to view or download BY CLICKING HERE.
Interested parties may request a paper copy or electronic copy of the proposed PRP and CBPRP by contacting Jeffrey Butler, Township Manager at 717-426-3167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMISSION OF COMMENTS
The Township shall accept written comments for a minimum of 30 days from the date of public notice. Interested parties may submit written comments electronically, by mail, or hand delivery. Written comments must be received by 12:00 noon on August 10, 2017 and addressed to:
EAST DONEGAL TOWNSHIP
190 ROCK POINT ROAD
MARIETTA, PA 17547
Comments may be submitted electronically, in PDF text format (if less than 10 megabytes in total size), to Jeffrey Butler, Township Manager via email at email@example.com. If the file is greater than 10 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be submitted either by hand delivery or mail. Please also indicate in the subject line, “Comments–East Donegal Township PRP and CBPRP.”
The Board of Supervisors will also provide an opportunity for interested parties to provide comments during the regularly scheduled meeting to be held on August 3, 2017 at 7:30PM.