As part of its 2017 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)* permit submittal, Cheltenham Township, and other municipalities regulated by the Clean Water Act, was required to submit a Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP). This new requirement, requires Cheltenham Township to demonstrate its strategy for installing best management practices which will reduce sediment and nutrient loads.

Cheltenham's Pollutant Reduction Plan was presented to the Township's Public Works Committee on August 2, 2017, and a public comment period was open between August 3 and September 4, 2017. Public comments were incorporated into the final Pollutant Reduction Plan where appropriate and all comments, with responses, were included in Appendix F of the document.

Cheltenham Township Pollutant Reduction Plan, last revised September 8, 2017

2022 Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) Update
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has since reviewed the Township's 2017 PRP and asked for revisions to be made to the document. The Township presented its revised PRP at the August 3, 2022 and September 7, 2022 Public Works Committee meetings. Minutes and video of the meetings are available here:

Per DEP's requirements, the Township will open a 30-day public comment period, starting October 3, 2022. Comments on the revised PRP will be received in writing up until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. Comments can be emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Cheltenham Township | Administration Building | 8230 Old York Road | Elkins Park, PA 19027 | Attn: Pollutant Reduction Plan.

Verbal comments will be accepted during the Public Works Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 7 p.m., via Zoom. Zoom information will be posted on the Township website not less than 24 hours prior to the meeting. 

2022 Draft Pollution Reduction Plan for Public Comment
2022 Draft Pollution Reduction Plan Map for Public Comment

*The NPDES permit program addresses water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants to the waters of the United States. Since the 1927 passage of the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program authorizes state governments through the United States Environmental Protection Agency to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program.