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.