Policy & Process
We have come to expect clean water that is “drinkable, swimmable, and fishable”, but it wasn’t the federal government established the Clean Water Act in 1972 that such visions had real regulatory teeth behind them. Like many environmental laws, the CWA is intended to be a federal-state partnership, with the federal government (through the Environmental Protection Agency) setting the agenda and standards for pollution abatement, and states carrying out the day-to-day activities of implementation and enforcement.
In Southeastern Pennsylvania, the biggest contributor to water quality problems (and flooding) is stormwater runoff, which is regulated by the PA Department of Environmental Protection under CWA Section 319. DEP issues permits and delegates authority to counties and municipal governments—but for the law to work, local residents need to be attentive and involved.
Clean Water Act
What’s the state of the Wissahickon Watershed?
Flooding and Stormwater Management Plan for Ambler Area Watersheds (December, 2014)
Fort Washington Area Flooding and Transportation Improvement Study (Sept 2008)
Rivers Conservation Plan (March 2000)
Montgomery County Open Space Plan
Prophecy Creek Park Master Plan (2009)
Cresheim Trail Feasibility Study (2008)
Lower Gwynedd Township
North Wales Borough
Upper Dublin Township
Upper Gwynedd Township
Upper Moreland Township
Nutrient and Siltation TMDL for Wissahickon Creek, , US EPA Region 3 (2003)