Stormwater Management (SWM) Facility Inspections

Birmingham Township staff and representatives will be conducting inspections at qualifying SWM facilities prior to June 30, 2024. These inspections are to ensure compliance with the Township’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit issued through the PA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
These facilities include but are not limited to:

•Bioretention/Rain Garden
•Wet Pond/Retention Basin
•Infiltration Bed/Basin
•Dry Extended Detention Basin
•Vegetated Swale/Dry Swale
•Constructed Wetland
•Ecosystem Restoration
•Inflow/Outflow Drains

During this time, you may notice someone on or adjacent to your property for a short period of time. These inspections usually take between ten to fifteen minutes and include a Township employee or representative walking around defined stormwater utilities to document any required maintenance at each location. The following points below list some of the common issues the Township will be assessing during this time (this is not an exhaustive list of all possible structural deficiencies):

•Clogged inlets or outlets
•Trash or debris accumulation
•Sediment buildup
•Lack of vegetation establishment
•Invasive or overgrown vegetation
•Erosion to the facility basin or walls
•Failing structural conveyances

A copy of the form that Township will be using to conduct inspections (3800-FM-BCW0531a and 3800-FM-BCW0521) can be found through the DEP website: If a SWM facility under your responsibility has any of the above noted deficiencies or any other conflicts outlined in the Township’s stormwater management ordinance you may receive further notice from Birmingham Township.

If you have any questions, you may contact the Township’s Stormwater Coordinator, Amanda Fetterman. You may also read the Township’s Stormwater Management Ordinance on the Township website.

Amanda Fetterman
ARRO Consulting
Stormwater Coordinator for Birmingham Township