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Stormwater Management

Plan Update

Northampton Township Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan

NORTHAMPTON TOWNSHIP MS4 POLLUTANT REDUCTION PLAN AND TMDL PLAN:  The Northampton Township Board of Supervisors will accept comments from the public through August 16, 2017 associated with the Township’s Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection as a component of the Township’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Individual Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s).  The Plan outlines in general terms the Township’s 5-year plan between 2018 and 2023 to reduce sediment and nutrient loadings from the MS4 stormwater discharges to Neshaminy Creek and Little Neshaminy Creek. The PRP and TMDL Plan will be available for public review Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at the municipal offices of Northampton Township located at 55 Township Road, Richboro, PA 18954. The Plan is also available for public review on the Township’s website Comments may be provided in writing and delivered in person or via e-mail or regular mail and addressed to Robert Pellegrino, Township Manager, Northampton Township.  

July 26,2017 Board of Supervisors Public Presentation

Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan for Neshaminy Creek and Little Neshaminy Creek in Northampton Township


Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snow flow over land and impervious surfaces and does not infiltrate into the ground. The runoff from streets, lawns, farms, and construction and industrial sites pick up fertilizers, dirt, pesticides, oil, grease and many other pollutants and discharge into our lakes, streams and rivers. This untreated discharge is detrimental to our water quality as it can adversely affect our drinking water supply and environment. Many detention/retention/infiltration basins are already in place to help keep our water clean.

The Township regulates its stormwater management through a permit that is obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) through the National Pollution and Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDES)/Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). This is a federal requirement from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) that is administered by the state. This NPDES permit is broken up into six minimum control measures to be regulated and enforced by the Township. These minimum control measures include:

  • Public Education and Outreach
  • Public Participation/Involvement
  • Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination
  • Construction Site Runoff Control
  • Post-Construction Runoff Control
  • Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping

The Township is monitoring and testing storm sewer outfalls that have flow during dry periods. We request that all residents cooperate with our inspectors, as some outfalls are located on private properties.

For any questions or concerns regarding stormwater or to report illicit discharges to the storm sewer system, contact the Township.

More Information

There are many ways you can help the Township with its stormwater program, such as participating in volunteer programs that help keep trash, debris and other pollutants out of the storm sewer system. For more information on ways to get involved with your community, visit:

PennDOT: Adopt-A-Highway


Stormwater Basic Information  

Stormwater Program

Stormwater Discharge from MS4's

Stormwater Outreach Materials and Reference Documents


PA DEP Southeast Region Office

Stormwater Management Program

BCCD Bucks County Conservation District

FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency

CWP Center for Watershed Protection

Department of Environmental Protection

PADEP – MS4 Resources:

PADEP - MS4 Stormwater Activity Book for Children

DEP Southeast Regional Office:

PA DEP Stormwater Management Program:

DEP – E&S for Single Family Homes and Minor Construction Projects:

DEP – Snow Management and Removal:

DEP – Swimming Pool Discharge Guidelines:

DEP – Stream Improvement Program:

DEP – Minimizing Accelerated Soil Erosion & Preventing Sediment Pollution:

DEP – Reporting Requirements for Spills and Pollution Incidents under PA Clean Streams Law:

DEP – Water Quality Standards:

United States Environmental Protection Agency

EPA – Stormwater Fact Sheets and Outreach Materials:

EPA - Stormwater Basic Information: 

EPA - Stormwater Discharges from MS4’s:

EPA - MS4 Overview:

EPA - MS4 Fact Sheet:

EPA –Urbanized Area Definition:

EPA – Public Education and Outreach:

EPA – Public Participation and Involvement:

EPA – Illicit Discharge, Detection and Elimination:

EPA -  Construction Site Runoff Control:

EPA – Post-Construction Runoff Control:

EPA – Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping:

EPA – National Menu of Stormwater Best Management Practices:

EPA – Stormwater Permit Coverage for Construction Sites:

EPA – After the Storm:

EPA – Stormwater Management Practices:

EPA – Stormwater Management:

EPA – Green Infrastructure:

EPA Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Menu:

EPA – Evaluating the Effectiveness of Municipal Stormwater Programs:

EPA – Water Pollution Prevention and Control:


Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy:

DEP – Raingardens and Rain Barrels:

Rain Barrel Resources:

PADOT Adopt-a Highway:

Homeowner’s Guide to Stormwater:

Green Guide for Property Management:

Center for Watershed Protection Municipal Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping Practices (Manual 9):  

Northampton Township

Administration Building
55 Township Road
Richboro, PA 18954

Phone: (215) 357-6800 Fax: (215) 357-1251

Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm