Welcome to the City of Chester’s Stormwater Information page. This page is intended to educate and inform the public about the various efforts the City is making to help reduce stormwater runoff, as well as decrease the amount of pollution that gets carried into our local streams and the Delaware River as a result of that stormwater runoff. Please browse the sections below for information on what you as a property owner can do to help with this important effort.
Important Links to Stormwater Resources:
EPA Stormwater Program
Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association
Delaware County Conservation District
Darby Valley Creek Association
Here are some important numbers to call if you observe an incident that could impact water quality:
Police Emergency – 911
Spills & Emergencies: PA DEP – 484.250.5900
Fish Kills: PA Fish Commission – 717.626.0228
Sanitary Sewer Clogs, Leaks, Overflows – 911
Here are some of the most important ways for Chester residents to prevent stormwater pollution.
- Properly dispose of hazardous substances, such as used motor oil, cleaning supplies and paint – never pour them down any part of the stormwater system, and report anyone who does.
- Use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides properly and efficiently to prevent excess runoff of these items.
- Look for signs of soil and other pollutants, such as debris and chemicals, leaving construction sites in stormwater runoff or tracked into roads by construction vehicles. Report poorly managed construction sites that could impact stormwater runoff to City Hall.
- Install innovative stormwater practices on residential properties, such as rain barrels or rain gardens, that capture stormwater and keep it on-site instead of letting it drain away into the storm sewer system.
- Report to City Hall any discharge from stormwater outfalls during times of dry weather – a sign there could be a problem with the storm sewer system.
- Pick up after pets and dispose of their waste properly. No matter where pets make a mess – in a backyard or on open space – stormwater runoff can carry pet waste from the land to the storm sewer system to a stream.
- Store materials that could pollute water indoors and use containers for outdoor storage that do not rust or leak to eliminate exposure of materials to stormwater.
10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Stormwater Pollution
Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff
Stormwater Information for the Construction Industry