Pennsylvania’s Storm Water Management Act (Act 167) was enacted in 1978. This Act was in response to the impacts of accelerated stormwater runoff resulting from land development in the state. It requires counties to prepare and adopt watershed based stormwater management plans. It also requires municipalities to adopt and implement ordinances to regulate development consistent with these plans (click here to view Ross' ordinance in compliance with MS4 ). Ross Township is part of the North Hills Council of Governments, which currently is the only comprehensive Act 167 management plan in the county. 

For a map of the release rates,click here


It's important for residents to understand their responsibility with stormwater management. When rain falls, typically one doesn't think about the entire course of events the water flows and the pollutants that enter our water during each rainfall. 


If you are a homeowner and have stormwater issues, you may refer to the Best Management Practices Guide for reference to help determine what the best option for your home. A rock sump is not your only option-- there are many alternatives. Please contact the Township if you have questions regarding Best Management Practices for your home.

  pdf Click here to view Best Management Practices: Stormwater Management Guide for Homeowners (542 KB)



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The Green Edge 

How Commercial Property Investment in Green Infrastructure Creates Value

Green infrastructure -- water quality management techniques like green roofs, tree plantings, rain gardens, permeable pavement, that mimic natural hydrologic functions -- has been proven to help solve major urban stormwater problems and improve the health and livability of neighborhoods. Cities and others have promoted these practices to commercial property owners as a way to improve stormwater management and, in some communities, to reduce stormwater utility bills. But relatively little information has been publicized about the additional value that green infrastructure, when used on private property, can provide to commercial property owners and their tenants.


Benefits of green infrastructure for private, commercial property owners

  • Increased rents and property values
  • Increased retail sales
  • Energy savings
  • Stormwater fee credits and other financial incentives
  • Reduced infrastructure costs
  • Reduced costs associated with flooding
  • Reduced water bills
  • Increased mental health and worker productivity for office employees
  • Reduced crime