Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System

About MS4
MS4 is an acronym for a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System. MS4 is defined as a collection and conveyance system or a group of collection and conveyance systems owned, operated and maintained by a state, city, township or borough that is dedicated solely for handling stormwater runoff and discharging it into tributaries, streams, rivers, lakes or other natural or man-made receiving waters within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The MS4 system may include such structures as storm pipes, catch basins, trench drains, roadside swales and cross drains, conveyance channels, detention ponds, infiltration basins, rain gardens or other structures designated for the collection, storage and conveyance of storm water runoff.
Contact Us:
Phone: 610-377-4002

What is Stormwater
Stormwater originates from rainfall and other precipitation that runs off surfaces all over the Borough, i.e. rooftops, streets, construction sites, down spouts and lawns, etc. Storm water makes its way into swails, storm drains, natural water courses and it literally takes everything loose on the ground along with it when it rains ... pollutants, sediment, leaves, trash, etc. The borough is actively involved in meeting statutory permitting requirements under state and federal law. In the Borough some stormwater runoff runs directly into the Mahoning Creek and Lehigh River. Catch basins with a yellow fish design painted by it identifies the catch basins that run directly to the river. Stormwater directly and adversely affects the water quality of our natural waterways, fish and other aquatic animals.

Stormwater Management - NPDES and MS4
The Clean Water Act is the federal legislation that governs stormwater management. Stormwater point discharges to waters of the U.S. (pipes and drain pipes), and are regulated using National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits. In 1999, federal regulations extended coverage for the NPDES program to local separate storm sewer systems (MS4's) serving populations of less than 100,000. Lehighton Borough is required to comply with the NPDES program as a MS4 municipality. Under the NPDES stormwater program, permittees must develop a stormwater management plan that provides the details of how the community will comply with the requirements of the permit.

Lehighton Borough is actively working on meeting the NPDES and MS4 statutory permitting requirements. Local residents have a role to play too, which when combined together will have a positive impact on our environment and the water that is so important to us all. The permits are based on a framework of 6 control measures: Public education and outreach; Public participation and involvement; Illicit discharge detection and elimination; Construction site runoff control; Postconstruction stormwater management in new development/redevelopment; Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance.

"Become Part of the Solution. ..Not Part of the Problem"

Consider reducing the amount of impervious surface on a property with driveways built from porous asphalt. Place a barrel under a down spout to capture the water for use in watering the lawn or garden. Maintaining grass at a height of at least 4 inches slows the growth of weeds while better absorbing stormwater. Consider planting a rain garden to slow down stormwater runoff, filter pollution, protect rivers and streams and create a healthy habitat for birds and butterflies. Plants and trees absorb rain, and leaves drip rainfall onto the ground hours after a storm giving water a chance to seep slowly into the ground.

Lehighton Borough is asking residents to assist us in keeping our stormwater and storm sewer system clean by remembering to do the following:
• Dispose of water properly
• Clean up after your pets
• Use fertilizer properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff
• Store materials that could pollute storm water indoors
• Do not clump oils, greases or other hazardous materials into the storm sewer drains

Also, please monitor storm water inlets near your property. If you see a problem please call the Borough at 610-377-4002 ext. 211.

Lehighton Borough is working hard to follow the guide lines set down by the county, state and federal government.

• To learn more about stormwater, go to www.stormwaterpa.org or visit the Penn sylvania DEP'S Stormwater Management Program website
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's MS4 website : cfpub.epa.gov


 

Borough Hall
1 Constitution Avenue
Lehighton, PA 18235

(610) 377.4002

Monday thru Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm

Non-Emergency
Police Number
(610) 377-4003

News

Lehighton's 2017
     Music In The Park
     Lehighton Park Amphitheater


     Thursday, June 8, 2017
     at 8:00 P.M.
    
     Lehighton Band

     Saturday, June 17, 2017
     at 4:00 P.M.
    
     Becky and the Beasts
    
     Contemporary Soft Rock

     To view the entire schedule
     Click here

Yard Waste Program
     Temporary Stopped

     The Yard Waste Recycle Program
     is temporarily stopped due to an
     insect causing problems. When
     the recycling center we use
     reopens we will update the
     website to let you know we
     are again accepting yard waste.
    
     Until then you can follow the
     garbage ordinance as to how
     you can put yard waste our
     for pick up.

PUBLIC WORKS NOTICE
    Dropping off Used COOKING
    \ MOTOR OIL is No longer
    accepted at the Public Works
    Garage.

    NEVER drop off containers of
    PESTICIDES, POISONS, or
    OTHER CHEMICALS as we
    cannot dispose of them.

2017Pool Flyer
   
The 2017 pool flyer is available
    on the Recreation page


Download the 2017
      Garbage Calendar:      (2017GarbageCalendar.pdf)

Download the 2016
      Garbage Ordinance:      (2016GarbageCalendar.pdf)

Vacant Seats
    There is a vacant seat on
    the Parks an Recreation Board,
    the Zoning Hearing Board,
    and Lehigh Canal Commission.

    To be considered for these
    vacancies, you MUST be a
    resident of Lehighton Borough

    Letters of interest can be
    submitted in the Borough
    Secretary's office.



Local Tax / EIT Forms
    These forms can be found on
    Berkheimer Tax Administrator .

    Lehighton Borough Residents:
    PSD Code is 130203.

    Berheimer EIT Form (.pdf)