The York County Stormwater Authority Feasibility Study was completed in January of 2016.  The County Board of Commissioners voted to accept the findings of the Study and charged the York County Planning Commission to move forward with an implementation plan.  Development of a Stormwater Authority Implementation Plan is now underway.  The purpose of the Plan is to find a more effective way to clean up the County's polluted streams and reduce flooding, as well as protect healthy streams.

Why are our streams polluted and flood-prone?  Well, one reason is stormwater runoff.  When rain falls or snow melts faster than it can soak into the ground, the extra water runoff ends up in local waterways.  This runoff picks up all kinds of things as it heads to our streams.  In urban and suburban areas, this runoff picks up chemicals and trash from yards, streets, and parking lots. In the rural areas, runoff picks up fertilizer, pesticides, and livestock waste.  When more runoff reaches these waterways than they can hold, flooding occurs.

Currently, our solutions to these problems are being addressed within "sectors."  The agricultural community is working on solutions, the wastewater community is working on solutions, and the urban community is working on solutions.  What we all know is the requirements and the costs to clean up our streams are increasing each year.  We believe a countywide Stormwater Authority is the most cost-efficient way to clean up the waterways of York County and reduce flooding. Clean and healthy local waters yield a multitude of community benefits.  Your participation in being a part of the solution is important.

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Flood and Water Pollution Solutions Public Meetings - The York County Planning Commission invites county residents, municipal officials, and businesses to join us for 3 public information sessions to discuss the scale of flooding and water pollution in the County, along with potential solutions.

Meeting 1  

  • When:  Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 pm (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Where: York Learning Center, 300 East 7th Ave, York, PA 17404 (Old Central High School)
  • Materials:

Meeting 2

Meeting 3


Maps and Materials

Impaired Streams Map

Municipal Frequently Asked Questions

Responses to Public Comments & Questions


For more information about Impaired Streams, please visit DEP Integrated Water Quality Report


For more information about the project, please email the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 717-771-9870 and choose option 3.