Storm water issues in Norristown, Pennsylvania, resulted in updates from the storm water committee and for storm water mitigation plans
Storm water issues in Norristown, Pennsylvania, were deemed a major concern for elected officials during a presentation outlining necessary mitigation measures.
According to municipal officials, there is a lack of an established program to deal with existing storm water issues, reported The Times Herald.
“We want to fix the problem, we want to fix the issues from a council standpoint and for the community at the end of the day,” said Norristown Municipal Council President Derrick Perry, reported The Times Herald.
Regarding costs associated with storm water fixes, Municipal Administrator Crandall Jones called it a “break fix kind of approach,” reported The Times Herald. For storm water fixes, covering costs involves pulling from the existing public works budget since there is no dedicated storm water budget.
Bruce Hulshizer, of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., is an engineering firm tasked with crafting recommendations for the municipality to revamp its existing storm water management practices, according to The Times Herald. The storm water management practices will work to comply with state standards and the engineering firm gave a status report during a recent Norristown Municipal Council work session.
The company initially suggested the formation of a storm water advisory committee back in December 2020. The group currently has 16 members made up of residents, legislators and business professionals, reported The Times Herald.
Drainage runoff from impervious ground surfaces is a main concern of the committee, according to Hulshizer.
The municipality has 32 miles of pipe and 1,350 inlets, according to Hulshizer, who stated the conditions need to be assessed. Hulshizer recommends further storm water mitigation measures such as public outreach and participation. Other priorities from the storm water advisory committee included illicit discharge detection and elimination as well as construction and runoff control.
The expenses associated with the ongoing projects which must be completed by 2024 are estimated to cost $2.6 million annually.