Fairview Township held its first information session to educate the public about stormwater runoff, sewer systems, and the overall effect of pollutants on water quality. The Oct. 28 session, one of the state requirements in implementing new sewer regulations, was sponsored by the Mountaintop Rotary Club.
Two engineers from Borton-Lawson Engineering, the firm Fairview Township hired to assist it in preparing an annual report required by the state, as well as a representative of the county’s Conservation District, spoke to about a dozen residents as well as township supervisors at the meeting.
The experts explained the importance of the stormwater and sewer regulations and what both the township and the public can do to protect the waterways that the runoff leads into.
John Levitsky, watershed specialist for the Luzerne County Conservation District, began the presentation by listing the uses of water –drinking, farming, recreation, industry –and why it’s important that water sources be kept clean. “We live in a water-rich environment here in Northeast Pennsylvania,” he said, adding that clean water may be taken for granted when it is abundant.
The stormwater regulations the state requires began with the Clean Water Act in the 1970’s. Levitsky showed a map of the watersheds in Fairview Township, including Solomon Creek, the Big Wapwallopen Creek, and Nescopeck Creek.
Water that runs into the sewer drains, usually after rain, ends up in these creeks. It is imperative that the township does all it can to make sure as little sediment and pollutants are part of that runoff.