Stormwater Management

Unlike sanitary sewers that divert water to a treatment plant directly from your home, storm drains lead directly to surrounding lakes and rivers without any type of treatment.

Upper Makefield Township needs your help to keep our waterways clean. Every rain or snow melt sends a trickle of pollutants from your yard –pet waste, lawn care products, leaves, soil, and bits of trash—untreated—into the tributaries of the creeks and groundwater feeding the Delaware River.

Everyday Decisions to Help Clean Water

As an Upper Makefield Resident, you can preserve the health of our waterways:

  • Limit use of lawn chemicals to minimal application levels.
  • Landscape with native plants.
  • Bag and compost leaves and grass clippings.
  • Sweep your curbside street inlets and drains free of yard debris. (Never blow leaves or grass clipping into the street)
  • Clean up after your pet to reduce the level of harmful bacteria flowing untreated into streams
  • Use commercial car washes, which recycle and treat water, or wash your car on grass or an area that can absorb the water.
  • Pick up litter and trash routinely
  • Dispose of oil and automotive fluids properly and legally.

Consider Rain Barrels or Rain Gardens

These innovative one-property storm water systems really make a difference in filtering rainwater before it reaches our storm sewer system.

Gather “Inlet Inspectors” for an Outdoor Community Project

If your schoolchildren or neighborhood are seeking a community project, we can set you up for a onetime project that will make a lasting difference.

Stencil storm drains with warnings about dumping
Select a section of riparian corridor for stream or creek cleanup
Plant trees along a pond, stream, or creek

If you are interested in any of these programs, contact Dave Kuhns at dkuhns@uppermakefield.org.

Bucks County Stormwater Management Efforts

This brochure highlights stormwater management efforts at Brownsburg Park, and elsewhere within the county.

EPA and DEP Standards

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Federal Environmental Protection (EPA) agency keep raising the bar for municipal leaders to make stormwater runoff less toxic for our land, wildlife, and recreational opportunities. We work with the Bucks County Conservation District, Pennsylvania’s DEP, Southeast Regional Office, and the EPA to meet guidelines and standards that are updated annually.

As a property owner, you can do a lot to reduce the thousands of pounds of pollutants that travel when water moves downstream from your neighborhood. Even the simple bookmark listed below is helpful for adults and even a school project.

After the Storm

An EPA Brochure, “After the Storm.”

10 Things You Can Do
Best Practices for Citizens
Protecting your Streamside Property—and More

The Bucks County Conservation District has curated an impressive list of homeowner-oriented publications and brochures, including “20 ways to Protect Your Stream & Your Streamside Property.” “Native Plants for Clean Streams.”

Community Guide for Long-Term Planning
Pennsylvania’s “My Water” webpages

Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
My Water pages outline the next stage in waterway protection: Municipal Storm sewer water Pollutant Reduction Plans launched in 2017.

Regulatory Reports
Regulatory Resources