Stormwater

Stormwater A clean stormwater system is critical to our environment.

PLEASE NOTIFY THE PALMER TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SERVICES DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY IF AN APPARENT ILLICIT DISCHARGE IS FOUND AT A STORM SEWER OUTLET OR WITHIN A SWALE.

PUBLIC SERVICES CAN BE CONTACTED AT 610-253-7191 WEEKDAYS FROM 8:30 AM TO 4:30 PM.

AFTER HOURS, A MESSAGE CAN BE LEFT AT THE NORTHAMPTON COUNTY NON-EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBER 610-759-2200.

Resolve...
to protect your DRINKING water.

From the well or the tap, the watershed we live in is the source of your or someone else's drinking water.

It's precious...

  • Water makes up three quarters of our planet.
  • Only 1% of all the water on earth is accessible and clean enough for our consumption.
  • All people, plants and animals must share this same 1% water supply.

Make every drop count...

  • A watershed is all the land that drains into a common water body, such as a stream, creek, lake or river.
  • From Palmer Township the Delaware River watershed receives water from the Schoeneck Creek, Bushkill Creek and the Lehigh River.
  • The Delaware River at Easton provides drinking water for over 60,000 people.
  • The Schoeneck Creek, Bushkill Creek and the Lehigh River as well as the Delaware River provide recreation areas for the region.
  • Preserving these waterways and their watersheds means protecting your drinking water resources.

Resolve to do more...

  • Don't dispose of waste oil, garbage, etc. in storm sewer inlets.
  • Don't destroy undergrowth buffers along waterways.
  • Use pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides properly and efficiently to prevent excess run-off.

Remember...
SMALL actions make a BIG difference. It is that SIMPLE!!!

Protect Palmer Township and downstream environment from illicit discharges to storm sewer systems.


  • Illicit discharges include dry weather flows from storm water outfalls and swales along stream banks or a significant volume of an unusual looking or odorous discharge from a stormwater out fall during wet weather.

  • If an illicit discharge is found, do not investigate further; this material may be harmful to your health and safety. Immediately notify the Palmer Township.

  • Public Services Department at (610) 253-7191 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm weekdays; and, after hours, a message can be left at the Northampton County non-emergency phone number (610) 330-2200.

  • Some examples of illicit discharges are automotive fluids (antifreeze, used motor oil, brake fluid, fuel, etc.), concrete slurry, paint products and solvents.

See the DEP brochure When it Rains it Drains.

Reducing Stormwater Runoff
Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater Maintenance

For more infornation visit the Pennsylvania DEP page on stormwater management.
www.dep.pa.gov

For information on the protection of the Bushkill Creek visit the Bushkill Stream Conservancy site.
www.bushkill.org

For information on the Delaware River visit the Delaware River Basin Commission site.
www.state.nj.us/drbc

Wildlands Conservancy
www.wildlandspa.org

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
lvpc.org




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