Berkeley County is a Phase II MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) community. Berkeley County PSSD’s Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) was submitted to WVDEP on March 28, 2017 and is currently under review. The SWMP document outlines the District’s program to develop, implement, and enforce a stormwater management program designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants to the maximum extent practicable, to protect water quality, and to satisfy the appropriate requirements of the Clean Water Act in accordance with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Phase II Program. The SWMP addresses 6 Minimum Control Measures (MCMs) as required by EPA and state regulations. The WVDEP NPDES Permit coverage area is intended for the County with the exception of the City of Martinsburg’s corporate limits. The 6 MCMs are:
1. Public Education/Outreach
2. Public Participation/Involvement
3. Illicit Discharge Detection/Elimination
4. Construction Site Runoff Control
5. Post Construction Runoff Control
6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping
BCPSSD complete SWMP has been reviewed and is awaiting final approval by WVDEP.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System
Stormwater runoff is rainfall that is not absorbed into the ground and flows across surfaces such as roads, driveways, parking lots, rooftops, and other paved surfaces. During precipitation events, water that falls upon impervious surfaces will transport pollutants from these areas to the Opequon Creek and its tributaries. Due to urban expansion, this has become a major concern as the growing number of man-made impervious surfaces have increased stormwater runoff, now considered one of the leading causes of water pollution. To reduce this pollutant loading to the stream, the District will be implementing best management practices over the next permit cycle. In an effort to protect life, property, and the water environment from loss, injury, and damage caused by storm and surface water, the EPA has designated Berkeley County, like many other cities and counties across the State, as a “Phase II” stormwater community. According to the Clean Water Act, a Phase II designation requires cities and counties to actively manage stormwater to the new EPA standards or face significant penalties.
Every Drop Counts
There are approximately 120,000 residents living in Berkeley County. Together we can improve our environment one drop at a time. Learn how by clicking on the photos below.
The Value of Trees
Berkeley County is committed to reducing stormwater and air pollution. An excellent step toward accomplishing this goal is by establishing and maintaining a healthy tree canopy.
“A Report on Berkeley County’s Existing and Possible Tree Canopy” offers a number of recommendations on increasing Berkeley County’s canopy.
“Leave a Lasting Legacy” provides useful tips and information on how trees can save you time and money.
Programs and Reports
Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMP)
BCPSSD SWMP (Draft) – March 28, 2017