Salisbury Township's efforts to control pollutants flowing into its waterways received high marks from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on the township's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) report card.
During Thursday night's Board of Commissioners' meeting, Code Enforcement Officer and MS4 Coordinator Sandy Nicolo informed the commissioners the DEP's review of township records revealed that Salisbury's record keeping efforts are above state compliance standards.
"I was thrilled with the report card," Nicolo said.
Nicolo worked in cooperation with Salisbury's police, fire, public works, and administration on the project for the last year. He said the township's efforts to keep storm water clean were achieved by keeping storm drains, inlets, and outfall pipes clean of debris, waste and pollutants such as fertilizers.
Salisbury's streams contain a sizable amount of sediment and phosphorous in the storm water runoff, said Nicolo. The DEP is requiring a plan outlining how within the next five years municipalities will reduce pollutants by 10 percent in their waterways.
He said the township needs to secure the proper infrastructure to collect sediment at stream entrances and this may result in assessing runoff fees from property owners to pay for the sediment collection equipment.
Councilwoman Debra Brinton suggested making allowances in the 2017 budget for any new federal Environmental Protection Agency requirements