Stormwater Management

What is Stormwater Management?

A Road in the RainStormwater management is a term used when describing the effort to protect our streams from pollutants that will do harm.

Since the adoption of the Stormwater Management Act in 1978, stormwater management practices continue to evolve. Since around 2005, especially at the direction of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, a migration toward managing stormwater and water quality at its closest point of origin has occurred.

The Town of McCandless has joined in this practice and urges you to become a part of the movement too.

Techniques start with the least innocuous, such as bioretention swales and rain gardens, and may, if necessary, work up to older-style detention methods based on the volume of water generated. Recent local examples include bioretention at Totin Grill and Chuck's Auto Body (depicted in photograph). Both businesses blended stormwater control into their landscape buffer areas. UPMC Passavant incorporated previous paving into its main entrance. In all cases, the pipe it to a creek philosophy is ancient history.

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