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    County of Adams

    Adams Stormwater Laws & Regulations

    The County of Adams regulations are compliant with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) through municipal regulation Stormwater Management Ordinance. The county’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) requires Adams to administer and enforce compliance with stormwater discharge permits in an effort to decrease stormwater pollutants and increase overall water quality. All Act 167 designated watersheds and municipalities in Adams County are required to follow Adams County stormwater regulation.

    EXCERPT- Adams Ordinance Chapter 23 Stormwater Management


    Section 301. General SWM Site Plan


    A. For all regulated activities, unless preparation of an SWM Site Plan is specifically exempted in Section 302:

    1. Preparation and implementation of an approved SWM Site Plan is required.

    2. No regulated activities shall commence until the Municipality issues written approval of an SWM Site Plan which demonstrates compliance with the requirements of this Ordinance.

    Section 305. Rate Controls

    A. Post-development discharge rates shall not exceed the pre-development discharge rates for the 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-year 24-hour storms. If it is shown that the peak rates of discharge indicated by the post-development analysis are less than or equal to the peak rates of discharge indicated by the pre-development analysis for 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 25-, 50-, and 100-year, 24-hour storms, then the requirements of this section have been met. Otherwise, the applicant shall provide additional controls as necessary to satisfy the peak rate of discharge requirement.

    B. For computation of pre-development peak discharge rates, twenty percent (20%) of existing impervious areas, when present, shall be considered meadow.

    Additional Documents:

    DEP Stormwater Management Website

    Construction Stormwater

    Adams County Stormwater Management Plan