Stormwater Management

Patton Township maintains a network of facilities including, swales, catch basins, culverts and storm water ponds that are part of its municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4), the extent of which is shown on the map below. This MS4 is part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) that was enacted with the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1972. The Township storm sewer network is permitted through the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) for 5-year terms. In order to comply with the Permit, the Township must adhere to certain Minimum Control Measures as identified in the permit. The most recent permit is 2020 - 2025.

Patton Township is part of a coalition of local entities (MS4 Partners) that include the Borough of State College, Ferguson Township, Penn State, College Township, Harris Township and Spring Township that have MS4 Permits. Together we combine resources to meet the minimum control measures that are mandated by our MS4 Permits. The MS4 Partners also partnered on a combined Pollutant Reduction Plan for their planning areas.

Visit the MS4 Partners website.

Recent Highlights

  • Pollutant Reduction Plan Revised: The revised pollutant reduction plan that removed some sinkhole end points was accepted. View the Revised PRP
  • Final 2020-2025 MS4 Permit received
  • Pollutant reductions extended deadline 2025 not 2023
  • Changes to DEP reporting of non-compliance
  • Private BMP owner compliance
  • Model ordinance changes to Township Ordinances
  • Pollution reporting mechanism promotion
  • No car washing using detergents