Best Management Practices

  • Mechanicsburg Borough will submit its Pollution Reduction Plan, following the 30 day public comment period from July 20,2017 through August 18, 2017.  Borough Council requested public comment at the August 15, 2017 Borough Council meeting.   A copy of the plan submission, which covers the period from 2018 through 2023.   This is a pdf for […]

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  • An infiltration test will help you determine if the soil on your property is suitable for certain types of stormwater management measures, such as a rain garden. An infiltration test measures how quickly water can soak in and flow through the soil. It is important to know how your soil infiltrates water before building a rain […]

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  • A rain garden uses native plants and landscaping to soak up rain water (stormwater) that flows from downspouts or simply flows over land during a rain event. The center of the rain garden holds several inches of water, allowing the stormwater to slowly seep into the ground instead of flow directly from your roof, yard […]

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  • What is it called when a Container Garden and a Rain Barrel have a baby? …. A Downspout Planter!   Materials Needed for Building a Downspout Planter (Amounts of materials will depend on downspout planter dimensions.) Planter (any sizable container; for the instructions below, the planter size is 3’ x 2’ x 2’) Pond liner […]

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  • A rain barrel collects and stores stormwater runoff from rooftops. By detaining (temporarily holding) the stormwater  runoff during a rain event, you can help add capacity to the Borough’s sewer system and reduce sewer overflows to our creeks and rivers, our drinking water source. Also, the collected rain water can be reused for irrigation to […]

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  • Planters reduce impervious cover (impenetrable surfaces, such as concrete, sidewalks, parking lots, etc.) by retaining stormwater runoff rather than allowing it to directly drain into nearby sewers and creeks. Planters offer “green space in tightly confined urban areas by providing a soil/plant mixture suitable for stormwater capture and treatment. They can be used on sidewalks, […]

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  • As snow piles up in the winter, we oftentimes turn to salt to melt snow and ice. Salt, however, causes adverse environmental impacts, especially on our streams and rivers. Excess salt can saturate and destroy a soil’s natural structure and result in more erosion to our waterways. High concentrations of salt can damage and kill […]

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  • Car washing is a common routine for residents and a popular way for organizations, such as scout troops, schools and sports teams to raise funds. However, most of the time, cars are washed in driveways and parking lots which allow wash water (dirty water) to find its way to the nearest storm drain, ultimately draining […]

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  • When animal waste is left on the ground, rain water or melting snow washes the pet waste into our storm drains. The disease-causing bacteria found in pet waste eventually flows to our drinking water source. In addition to contaminating waterways with disease-carrying bacteria, animal waste acts like fertilizer in the water, promoting excessive aquatic plant […]

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