When it rains, most people give little thought to runoff. They are either happy because we need it, or upset because we have too much. A small portion of this precipitation is absorbed by the ground and recharges groundwater supplies, but the vast majority runs off lawns, streets, driveways and parking lots. Where does it go? In Wyomissing, it all eventually gets to the Wyomissing Creek or the Tulpehocken Creek. Think about it for a minute, rain water runs off your lawn or driveway, onto the street, into a catch basin and is then piped to the creek. All the while picking up pollutants like lawn fertilizer, antifreeze, grit, water bottles and the list goes on and on.
To limit the harm caused by these pollutants the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended the Clean Water Act by mandating that municipalities in urbanized areas obtain a stormwater permit. This law then tricked down to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and then to local governments. By having a permit the Borough must follow some basic rules like educating the public, having public participation, changing ordinances to reduce runoff, having rules for earth disturbance and many more.
As a citizen, we ask that you be aware of these issues. In the long run, better awareness by all will lead to cleaner and better waterways. If you see something that appears to be a pollutant running down the road or in a catch basin, please call the Borough Hall first at 610-376-7481. You can also fill out the, "Illicit Discharge" form (PDF) and return to the email address indicated on the form.
What Is a Watershed?
View the YouTube video to learn about watersheds:
What You Need to Know About Lawn Fertilizer
View the video about Lawn Fertilizer:
Borough of Wyomissing Pollution Reduction Plans (PRP)
The Pollution Reduction Plans outline the plan the Borough will use to reduce pollutants discharged from the Borough storm sewer system within the Tulpehocken Creek and the Wyomissing Creek Watershed: