Brookhaven sits between the Chester and Ridley Creeks which drain directly into the Delaware River; this makes being aware of the impact of stormwater runoff even more important for our residents.
Routine tasks like washing your car, deicing your driveway, or fertilizing your lawn can produce harmful water runoff and have a significant effect on the environment.
The resources on this page will help residents to understand the importance of stormwater management, inform residents of how the risk of unintentional pollution can be reduced, and provide information on what to do if residents suspect pollution or want to report an unsafe situation.
How to Report an Issue:
(Phone Numbers on on the bottom of the page)
Citizens can help report violations or problems they notice in their local streams before they cause more damage and pollution. You may be the first to recognize “illicit”, nonpermitted discharges – typically any flows other than rainwater- being directed into storm sewers or out of pipes into streams. “Dry weather flows”, defined as flows from stormwater outfall pipes after a 48 hour period without rain, should also be reported to your municipality for further investigation.
New stormwater regulations from Pennsylvania’s Department of EnvironmentalProtection (DEP) require that your municipality investigate more thoroughly potentially illicit discharges into our streams. You can help by promptly reporting the following events to the authorities listed in the “Hotlines” box below.
• Sediment leaving a construction site during rain events and other violations
• Observed pollution event or pollutants in stream
• Clogged or leaking sewer lines or water main breaks
• Inadequately treated discharges from sewage treatment plants
• Dumping, spills, or other directed discharges (other than rainwater) into storm sewers or streams
• Dry weather flows from outfall pipes into streams
• Fish kills
Important Phone Numbers:
|DEP 24 Hour Water Quality Hotline||484-250-5900||Call anytime, including evenings and weekends|
|DEP Water Quality Complaints (Weekdays)||484-250-5991||Weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm|
|Off Site discharge of sediment,erosion, and other improper controls during construction.||Delaware Co. Conservation District:|
Chester Co. Conservation District
|Send photo, full address, and directions|
|Clogged or leaking sanitary sewer lines; sewage smell in creek; illegal discharges into creeks or storm drains.
|Brookhaven Borough Offices||610-874-2557 Weekdays After Hours: Call 911|
|Fish Kills||PA Fish and Boat Commission 717-626-0228||DEP 24 Hour Water Quality Hotline 484-250-5900|
| Dry weather outfall flows
|Brookhaven Borough Offices||610-874-2557 Weekdays|
| Broken water mains
|Chester Water Authority 610-876-8181||24 Hours|
|Broken water mains||Aqua Pennsylvania 610-525-1402||24 Hours|
For updates, contact the Chester Ridley Crum Watersheds Association (610-892-8731)