Stream Protection Fee
Every property contributes to water pollution based on the amount of paved surfaces on their land. Called impervious surfaces, these paved areas, such as parking areas, driveways, sidewalks, patios, and rooftops, do not allow water to pass directly through and instead cause water to run-off towards the nearest street inlet (below image) or stream/creek.
The Stream Protection Fee Program is a way of raising revenue for the service the Borough provides to manage the pollution and associated effects from impervious surfaces. This fee is to be paid by everyone – even the nonprofits and government owned properties in our town – and every property owner is charged the same way. The fee is based on the amount of paved surfaces on your property, with larger properties paying more money and smaller properties paying less.
The money raised from this fee can only be used to fund stormwater related improvements and projects. These projects are not only important for clean water and stream protection, but are required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Stormwater projects that will be funded include:
- Stormwater infrastructure repairs such as pipes, inlets, and outfalls;
- operations and maintenance activities associated with keeping the stormwater facility functioning properly throughout its lifetime;
- projects that will help meet Federal and State requirements, and
- projects that will make our community a healthier and greener place to live.
How can I reduce my SPF fee?
Under the SPF Incentive Program, the Borough will provide a rebate and/or a credit for property owners who build qualified stormwater management practices.
What if I do not think my Stream Protection Fee charge is correct?
A property owner can file an appeal if they disagree with the charge, either regarding the measurement of impervious area or the Tier category. The link to the SPF Appeal Manual andStormwater Management for Small Projects
If you are a homeowner who will be working going on a small project and you want to learn more check out the informational document,"Stormwater Management for Small Projects".