American Water Resources Association 
Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Section 

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...providing a forum for discussion and exchange of information and ideas relative to water resources management issues specific to our metropolitan area. 

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Please note new meeting date and room. Meetings will now be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the Planning Commission Conference Room, same building and floor.

New Stormwater Regulations for July 2015

Jeremy Chadwick
Victoria Lenoci

Philadelphia Water Department

Abstract:  Effective July 1, 2015, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) will update its Stormwater Regulations for development in order to meet the requirements of the Clean Water Act. The changes will improve the health of Philadelphia’s rivers, minimize local flooding, and encourage the use of green infrastructure throughout the city.  In addition, PWD is updating its resources and processes to improve and clarify the PWD plan review process.

PWD first implemented the Stormwater Regulations in 2006. Since then, the Water Department has negotiated new permits with Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection. In 2011, PWD and the State agreed to Green City, Clean Waters, the 25-year plan for managing combined sewer overflows. In addition, PWD has submitted to the State several Act 167 Watershed Management plans for different watersheds in the City. The changes to the Stormwater Regulations are necessary to meet the goals outlined in Green City, Clean Waters and Philadelphia’s other regulatory obligations.

The Water Quality improvements will require each development site to manage more water, by increasing the Water Quality Volume from 1 inch to 1.5 inches.  In addition, the peak release rate will decrease from 0.24 to 0.05 cubic feet per second per acre of non-infiltration impervious area, giving treatment plants more time to clean the water before it reaches our rivers.  Finally, each site will be required to filter the dirtiest stormwater running off the site, 100% of the non-infiltrated runoff must be routed through a pollutant-reducing practice.

This will be the first significant change to the Regulations and Guidance Manual since 2008 and represents an opportunity to improve PWD’s Plan Review process based on several years of feedback from the Development Community.  In addition to the regulatory changes, PWD will introduce new business-friendly improvements including a new expedited review option, simplified technical worksheets and application materials, and a new Stormwater Management Guidance Manual and website.  

Jeremy Chadwick is the manager of the Data Analysis & Planning group in Planning & Research at the Philadelphia Water Department.  Jeremy is a City Planner by trade with seven years of experience working with the Water Department and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Community & Regional Planning from Temple University.  From detailed data analyses to programmatic planning, Jeremy provides support to numerous Department initiatives including the Stormwater Management Regulations and the Green Cities, Clean Waters program.  He can be reached at 1101 Market Street, 4th Floor, Philadelphia, PA, 19107; 215-605-4822, and

Victoria Lenoci is the manager of the Stormwater Plan Review program for the City of Philadelphia Water Department, where she has worked for the last seven years. In this role, Victoria oversees administration of the Water Department’s Stormwater Management Regulations. Prior to this, she spent time in consulting engineering in the land development and water resources field.  Victoria is an accredited LEED Green Associate, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Rowan University.  She can be reached at 1101 Market Street, 4th floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107; and


One Parkway Building 
1515 Arch Street
18th Floor Planning Commission Conference Room
Philadelphia, PA

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2014/2015 Board Leadership

 President:  Chris McEntee, Greeley & Hansen
 President Elect:  Bridget Wadzuk, Villanova University  
 Vice President:  Benoit Van Aken, Temple University 
 Treasurer:  Bernadette Callahan, Stantec Consulting
 Secretary:  Stefanie Rittenhouse, PA DEP Southeast Region
 Membership Chair:  Adam Minichelli, Greeley & Hansen
 Social Co-Chairs:  Nha Truong, Philadelphia Water Department
   Daniel Wible, CH2M Hill
 Student Co-Chairs:  Amanda Hess, Villanova University
   Sibia Ranjbar, Temple University
 Past President:  Jaclyn Rogers, Philadelphia Water Department

Thanks to our Organization Member Sponsors

AMEC Foster Wheeler - Black & Veatch - CH2M Hill - Gilmore & Associates 

 Greeley and Hansen - Hatch Mott MacDonaldHazen and Sawyer 

 McCormick Taylor - Philadelphia Water Department 

 Riordan Materials - Stantec Consulting - T&M Associates 

Temple U. Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

 Trans-Pacific Engineering - Villanova University - Warren Environmental Counsel LLP 


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