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  • Writer's pictureLexie Orr

The Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater

Stormwater runoff can transport a large list of pollutants to surface waters and groundwater. In Spring Creek the effects of runoff from the Centre Region can be detected in the presence and diversity macroinvertebrates than normally live in the stream bottom and feed the fish.

Stormwater runoff originates from all types of impervious surfaces such as roof tops and paved roadways. Although we often associate stormwater runoff with highly developed commercial properties, residential properties can generate significant volumes of runoff.

The Pennsylvania State University’s Agriculture and Environment Center along with many other partner organizations recently produced a useful document entitled “The Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater”. This booklet describes why runoff is a problem, how it is generated, and what homeowners can do to reduce or eliminate runoff from their properties.

Download the guide (PDF) or for information on how to receive a copy of The Homeowner's Guide to Stormwater, contact Kristen Kyler at or at 717-948-6609.

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