(now four) notes for this Tuesday | August 9, 2016

Interesting article at Lancaster Online shows home ownership percentages in Lancaster County; Columbia is at 59.3%.


Part of last night’s council meeting included an update presentation on Columbia’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) Program. Municipalities are charged with reducing storm water run-off of pollutants (including phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment) that drain into the Susquehanna River … and ultimately into the Chesapeake.

According to the Borough Website, “Columbia Borough is working to identify and eliminate illicit discharges within its municipal boundaries.”

“Illicit discharge is defined as ‘…any discharge to an MS4 that is not composed entirely of storm water…’ Storm water systems are not designed to accept, process, or discharge non-storm water wastes such as: sanitary wastewater, effluent from septic tanks, improper oil disposal, car wash waste water, automobile spills, etc.

“Illicit discharges can enter MS4s directly through sewage pipes, shop drains, or other kind of pipes that are improperly connected. Three primary illicit connections are sewage cross-connections, straight pipe, and industrial/commercial cross-connections. These direct entries usually produce a continuous or intermittent discharge during dry weather. Indirect discharges are flows that are generated outside the storm drain system, but enter the system through inlets or by infiltrating pipe joints. Indirect discharges include: spills, groundwater seepage, liquids dumped into inlets, outdoor washing activities, and non-target irrigation from landscaping. Generally, indirect modes of entry produce intermittent or transitory discharges.”

While this area has had lots of rainfall, upstate, it’s been extremely dry and the River’s branches there are only a trickle of their normal levels. Accordingly, any pollutant discharge into the stormwater systems here adds significant levels to the River.

“Under the MS4 Program, permittees are required to incorporate the following six elements (known as minimum control measures, or MCMs) into their stormwater management programs:

  • Public education and outreach
  • Public involvement and participation
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Construction site runoff control
  • Post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment
  • Pollution prevention and good housekeeping for municipal operations and maintenance” –

Columbia is,  according to the Derek Renaldo who presented the info last night, ahead of many municipalities, but the next phase of Pennsylvania’s program will require increased vigilance and compliance. For more information visit the StormWaterPA Website.

helpLet’s have transparency in School District happenings.

hope -despair

And on the same topic, help! There are lots of letters-to-the-editor in today’s LNP – Always Lancaster that are relying on the Wish/hope  in one hand, poop in the other philosophy. “Wish in one hand, poop” in the other. See which one gets filled first.”When a person wants the impossible. e.g., ‘Joe: We need world peace. Can’t we just all get along? Tom: Well Joe, Wish in one hand, poop in the other.’”

People “hope” for community unity; elected public servants with integrity; neighborhood and world safety, a shoe-in school district operations chief who suddenly and magically might actually be competent, etc. Reality (or the hand with poop) requires action. People have to do something tangible.

“Change is not a destination, just as hope is not a strategy,” Rudy Giuliani, in a lucid state once said.

it'll be amazing

The latest from Mein Trumpf: “Our country will reach amazing new heights.” with this economic plan.


  1. I can see a time when even storm water run off will be going thru the sewage plant.It will be quite expensive to tie storm sewers into the system, but with the way environmentalists are today, I can see the day.Again, it is not going to happen overnight.

  2. A small item…I think perhaps the spelling was incorrect on the meeting agenda, from what I found it is Rinaldo not Renaldo.

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