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The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed regulations for managing stormwater under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program which addresses water pollution by regulating the many different sources (industrial, agricultural, etc.) that discharge pollutants. The program is administered by state governments, in Pennsylvania by the Department of Environmental Protection. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program regulates stormwa...

March 8, 2019

Overview

The Susquehanna River Basin Compact was signed into law by the U.S. Congress and the states of New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania in 1970.  The intent of the compact was to provide a mechanism to guide the water resource management of the Susquehanna River Basin. The Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SRBC) is that mechanism. It promotes sustainable water resource management through regulatory authority over water withdrawals and consumptive water use (water that does not return to the...

Introduction

Pennsylvania (PA) is a unique state with regard to water management and law. The state boasts over 86,000 miles of streams, borders Lake Erie, contains an abundance of surface lakes and ponds, and possesses a variety of groundwater aquifer types. Furthermore, Pennsylvania is home to a national forest, over two million acres of state forest land, and over one and a half million acres of public hunting grounds (state game lands), each containing important water resources. The state is...

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