Neshaminy Creek Watershed Plan Approved by Bucks Commissioners

September 2010Newsletters In the Zone

On August 18, 2010, the Bucks County Board of Commissioners approved the Stormwater Management Plan for the Neshaminy Creek Watershed. The watershed encompasses 41 municipalities across Bucks and Montgomery counties.

The storm water plan was developed in accordance with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Stormwater Management Act, Act 167 of 1978. According to Act 167, each county must prepare a storm water management plan for each of its designated watersheds in consultation with the municipalities within the boundaries of the watershed.

The Neshaminy Creek Watershed plan was last updated in the mid-1990s.

The current plan analyzed the hydrologic flows within the watershed and developed model ordinance provisions aimed at managing storm water as well as establish minimum standards for affected municipalities. Such standards include volume control criteria for water quality protection and groundwater recharge; peak rate controls for accelerated runoff; and computational methodologies for storm water management measures.

The respective municipalities have six months to adopt the base elements of the Act 167 plan.

For more information, please contact Carrie B. Nase at 215.299.2030 or [email protected]