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Environmental Club MS4 Best Practices

Updated: 9/26/2016

It’s “Rainin’ Cats and Dogs!”

MS4 Stormwater Best Management Practices for ALL Homeowners & Renters -2016

Hosted by the Camp Hill Environmental Club (www.Green-CAUSE.org)

Would you like to learn ways you can keep our ever-increasing stormwater from getting in your basement? Are you concerned about increased flooding in our region, pollutants  flowing into our waterways, protecting the Chesapeake Bay,  overburdened waste treatment systems, or your rising water and sewer bill?

This FREE and timely series of Best Management Practice (BMP) classes, hosted by the Camp Hill Environmental Club and taught by regional experts, will provide homeowners and renters in MS4-identified municipalities, such as yours, with practical, individualized  instruction on stormwater management.

Classes will be held at the Camp Hill Borough Building located 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011 on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.   as well as two Saturday mornings field trips.  Class reservations are appreciated and helpful but not mandatory.   Please read below for the requirements of the Saturday morning field trips.

Here is the schedule of classes & field trips for the second half of 2016:

  • Tue JUL 7, 7-8:30pm – Best Management Practices  Hardware for Homeowners by TBD
  • Sat JUL 23,  9:30–11:30amTour a Waste Water Treatment Plant (Mechanicsburg Waste Water Treatment Plant @ 842 West Church Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055); Note: please meet at Camp Hill Borough Hall at 9:00am.
  • Sat JUL 30,  9:30–11:30am – Tour a Water Treatment Plant (United Water Treatment Plant @ 1081 Limekiln Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070);  Note: please meet at Camp Hill Borough Hall at 9:00am; also, space is limited to 10 people, to reserve a place on the tour please call Paul Garrett @ (717) 514-3546.
  • Tue AUG 2 – Roof Gardens & Greenroofs – CANCELED
  • Tue SEP 6, 7-8:30pm – Saving Money Twice: Wise Water Usage Practices by Green-CAUSE
  • Tue OCT 4, 7-8:30pm – Riparian Buffers, Swales, Retention Ponds, & Vernal Poolsby Green-CAUSE

Note: Please discard the old class schedule as some dates have changed or been canceled.

For questions or more information about the classes or the Camp Hill Environmental Clubplease contact Paul Garrett:

Phone: (717) 514-3546
Email: paulgarrett@green-CAUSE.org
Web: www.green-CAUSE.org

Strategic Plan Update for 2015

Camp Hill Borough Strategic Plan: One-year Progress Report

It’s been just over a year since we adopted our Strategic Plan.  In order to keep moving forward, it’s important that we regularly check on our progress. To that end, we are providing this one-year progress report, and we’ll continue to report as we go forward.  We also want to encourage you to get engaged if you aren’t already.

  1. Progress report

The attached spreadsheet provides, for each of the objectives in the Strategic Plan, priority, target completion date, status against target (red-yellow-green) and status update.  In brief, we’ve completed or are in the process of implementing several of the objectives in the Plan, some objectives are developed but not yet implemented, and some items still need to be developed.  Items completed and underway include:

  • Recreation and Green Space:  new and greatly improved Siebert Park; agreement to create green space at the Schaeffer school property
  • Infrastructure:  comprehensive stormwater system mapping completed; numerous sewer system improvements implemented
  • Mobility:  “bike-friendly community” (BFC) effort initiated, including pursuing the official BFC designation, adding bike racks (look for them soon), and many other activities
  • Communication:  new borough website

(Note that all of our agreed objectives are in the Plan, including items that were already underway when the Plan was adopted)

  1. Review and updates going forward
  • We will give an update to the community once per year or more often if needed
  • The Plan will be reviewed by Borough Council every 6 months
  • The Plan will be reviewed by the Borough manager at least once per quarter
  1. Get engaged!

Our bike friendly effort is a great example of people from the community stepping up and driving one of our objectives forward. Tim Poole has led the effort, many others have joined and done great work, and Council and Mayor Simpson are supporting the effort.

Just as we benefited greatly from broad community engagement in developing the Plan, we’ll achieve our objectives sooner and more effectively if more Borough residents are involved.  So, if there is something in the Plan you are interested in or have expertise in – or if you know someone else who might – please contact anyone on Borough Council or any of the Borough staff.

Camp Hill Borough Strategic Plan Camp Hill Borough Strategic Plan Objectives - December 2015 Update