Borough of New Brighton, 610 Third Avenue, New Brighton, Pennsylvania 15066 ~ (724) 846-1870

Stormwater Education

The Borough of New Brighton has established a stormwater education campaign to educate residents and merchants about stormwater topics such as what stormwater is, how it becomes polluted, and how individuals can help protect stormwater.

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants. Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.  Polluted runoff is the nation’s greatest threat to clean water.

By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater. Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters. Remember to share the habits with your neighbors!  

Healthy Household Habits for Clean Water

Vehicle and Garage

Lawn and Garden

Home Repair and Improvement

Pet Care

Swimming Pool and Spa

New Brighton Borough also promotes and encourages the use of low impact development (LID) for both residential and commercial uses. Low impact development incorporates site design approaches and small-scale stormwater management practices that promote the use of natural systems for infiltration, evapotranspiration, and reuse of rainwater.  LID can be applied to new development, urban retrofits, and revitalization projects.  LID utilizes design techniques that infiltrate, filter, evaporate, and store runoff close to its source. Rather than rely on costly large-scale conveyance and treatment systems, LID addresses stormwater through a variety of small, cost-effective landscape features located on-site.  Examples of low impact development include bioretention, green roofs, permeable pavers, rain barrel and cisterns, soil amendments, and tree box filters.

Additionally, as part of the Borough’s stormwater education initiative, the New Brighton Public Works Department has been installing markers on the Borough’s stormwater drains.  To help prevent illegal dumping in storm drains, markers are being placed on the drains as a visual reminder that the storm drains run directly to our creeks and rivers. By raising public awareness of urban runoff and pollution, storm drain marking programs are intended to discourage practices that generate stormwater pollutants, such as yard waste, fertilizer, motor oil, and other contaminants should never be placed into a stormwater drain.

This project has been funded by the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania Citizen Education Fund through a Section 319 federal Clean Water Act grant from the PA Department of Environmental Protection, administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Another stormwater pollution reduction campaign is the partnership of the Borough and School District in community cleanup days.  Several times per year, students from the New Brighton Area School District visit the New Brighton Municipal Building and get to meet with the administrative staff to discuss the effects that litter and refuse have on the stormwater system and local waterways.  Students then visit various neighborhoods and remove numerous bags for litter from the streets.

For additional information on stormwater management and best management practices, please visit the website of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection or the Environmental Protection Agency.

To report a stormwater violation of illicit discharges, illegal dumping, or outfall pollution, please call (724) 846-1870.  All complaints will remain anonymous.