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The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania The Borough of Lansdowne Pennsylvania

Environmental Committee

October 9, 2008

In attendance: Barbara Silzle, Craig Totaro, Kevin Lafferty

  1. 2006-2007 MS4 Report. Kevin Laverty presented information related to the DEP review of Lansdowne’s annual reports for year 4 and 5 (March 2006-2008), related to our efforts to implement and enforce our storm water management program and comply with the terms of our NPDES MS4 permit. Our permit is extended through March 9, 2010. The next permit may very well require more than the 6 MCM’s we have to comply with now.
  2. MS4-COG project. It’s possible in the future a single umbrella permit will be issued to COG municipalities that could involve a coordinator to oversee the MCMs. The William Penn Foundation is funding a study to determine if a coordinator should be created. This would be the first in the country. Kevin will attend the MS4 listening session on 10/23/08 with select municipalities to hear what may be happening with the permit going forward. It is recommended that Lansdowne continue to participate in the cooperative efforts that will eventually lead to participation in a consolidated stormwater compliance alliance.
  3. Environmental issues. Craig brought up the issue of weeds along the gutters and how they might be managed. Currently the borough does not manage them. Possible solutions: utilize the borough’s street sweeper who is out every day (a dedicated employee within public works), encourage home and business owners to clean up the weeds in the streets by their properties. Barbara voiced concern about utilizing toxic chemicals such as round-up at such a scale that would then run off into our storm water system; she suggested vinegar as a possible non-toxic agent to kill weeds. Craig will check into the toxicity factor, what other municipalities are doing to control weeds in the gutters, and the efficacy of vinegar as an option. He will bring his findings to the committee at the November meeting.

Other Business: The sanitation contract is up in 2011.

Next meeting: Thursday, November 13, 7pm

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