About the CWI Lycoming College-community stormwater partnership
The National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) includes stormwater as a point source pollutant discharge. One of the conveyance systems for stormwater are municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). The entities that own or manage MS4s (i.e., the operators) are required to obtain NPDES permits and also develop a plan to mitigate stormwater inputs (a 'stormwater management plan'; SWMP). This requirement has posed a unique challange for small municipalities that often lack the expertise and/or resources to satisfy these regulatory requirements. This project's goal is to create a framework for small colleges to work as partners with small municipalities to provide assistant to help small municipalities overcome barriers to obtaining permits and developing effective SWMPs.