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STORMWATER MANAGEMENT IS NOT A SCIENCE BUT AN ART
Changes made to the permit process must be advertised and published. However, it is often buried in the ordinances. The only real way to find out is to call, Township by Township. This is an argous process. But we realize this and continue to make the calls.
But be forwarned it is nowhere near to completion. DO NOT ASSUME that neighboring townships have similar code requirements. Call us and we will find out, unless we dont already know.
The question is simple and basic. "Is your activity exempt or non-exempt?" Sounds simple correct! The answer to this question will make or break a project, beit large or small. Don't quess as an expert. The criterior is usually based on two facets, "area of disturbance and impervious cover." Further, it could vary between neighbors. NEVER assume what was then may be now. To complicate things further it could even change overnight!
WE ENDEAVOR TO STAY ABREAST OF THIS QUANDRY.
NOT ALL TOWNSHIP STAFF EVEN KNOW THE NEW ORDINANCE! These changes could double the cost of a project! Know the answers call us first!
Be careful and prepared. Not knowing all of the regulation could take away your "HARD EARNED" profit. Call Gary or Myself @ (610) 280-9541. We have had townships reviewing plans under the old ordinance. ethically they should review under the active code when the plans were submitted.
Bear this in mind, the National Weather Service (NWS) cannot even predict the weather! So how are we to design controls without knowing the weather. We had a storm here in Chester County a couple of years ago where the rain fell 5" in a one hour period. This storm cannot be controlled?
In general there are two types of Stormwater Management Systems. As defined by the Pennsylvania "Best Management Practices" , BMPs. A stone seepage pit / trench, or a Raingarden.
Which one to use depends on infitration rate and depth to bedrock or groundwater (Limiting Zone). In most applications you have to use a seepage pit / trench, unless you cannot based on the rate and depth.
One good indicator. If you have a standard on-lot septic system, not a elevated sand mound, it is possible that seepage pit / trench could work. But you must verify the conditions with a test pit and infiltration test.
If you site is not suitable, then and only then, can you design a raingarden system.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you currently have a stormwater system on your site, it does not preclude you from an additional system. In all likelyness the current system was designed for the current improvements, or it was designed under the old methodology.
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MESKO Engineering Associates
672 Exton Cmns
Exton, PA 19341
MESKO Engineering Associates
943 South New Street
West Chester, 19382
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We have prepared over 1,500 indivdual permits in the tri-state area for over 20 years! We offer complete turnkey services to get you building quicker! We conduct:
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If you are looking for an engineering firm wearing shirts and ties, we are not for you. Dress shoes and khackies dont work well on a job site. We climb in the hole, scale the latters. We know the codes and we protect you.
Only a Registered Professional Structural Engineer can supercede the code with good engineering judgement.
Matt Mesko, P.E. has over 30 years experience in residential construction. He has worked in the field and taught college courses in Architecture and Structural Engineering. He is available seven days a week.
Construction does not end Friday.
We service the Tri-State Area. Whether it be Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties. We are located in Exton PA next to the Exton Mall and our new West Chester Adress Call us at (610) 280-9541 to arrange a meeting to discuss YOUR project.
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