Chester County Water Resources Authority


Chester County Water Resources Authority is open to the public and will continue to provide all services and programs, though there will be times when our staff will be working remotely. Therefore, we encourage you to look for answers to your questions and concerns online, or send us an email at [email protected]. Should an in-person meeting be required, we urge you to contact us by phone (610-344-5400) or email to schedule an appointment. We will respond as soon as possible.

Updated Draft County-wide Stormwater Management Model Ordinance Documents for Review

Chester County Water Resources Authority (CCWRA) is releasing the Final Draft of the updated “County-wide Act 167 Stormwater Management Model Ordinance” for 45-day public review and comment and for review by school districts, municipal governing bodies, and municipal planning agencies for consistency with other plans and programs affecting the County’s watersheds (per the provisions of PA Act 167).  The draft updated Model Ordinance, a summary of changes document, and updated appendices can be found at this link.

Comments on these documents can be submitted at this link or can be sent to [email protected] through Friday, January 7, 2022.

The Chester County Water Resources Authority (CCWRA) hosted a Plan Advisory Committee meeting on Friday, November 5th to review the draft of the updated Model Ordinance and collect additional input. Slides from the presentation are available at this link and a recording of the presentation is available here

Public Input Surveys - We Need to Hear from You!

Chester County is working to review and update the County's integrated water resources plan, Watershedsand the County's Stormwater Management Plan. A key component of the update process is getting input from residents from across the County on their water resources, water-based recreation, and stormwater concerns. 

Please provide us with your perspective by completing the surveys below. Do you know a group who is passionate about improving the County's watersheds? If so, please share these links with them, or send them our water resources survey flyer and water-based recreation survey flyer.

Stormwater surveys

   Resident Stormwater Survey

   Water Resources Survey

   Water-based Recreation Survey

If you have additional questions about the plan updates, please contact us at [email protected] 

2021 Stormwater Summit - Presentations Available

The Chester County Water Resources Authority hosted the 2021 Stormwater Summit virtually on Friday, April 16th. In addition to updates from County departments and a presentation by Justin Spangler from LandStudies Inc., the 2021 Summit also served as the first Watershed Plan Advisory Committee meeting for the updates to the County-wide Act 167 Stormwater Management Plan and Model Ordinance.

All of the presentations are posted on the Summit web page.
2021 Stormwater Summit

Our Programs

Water Resources Plans and Updates Underway

To ensure that our residents and businesses are equipped to respond to evolving water resources needs, Chester County is leading updates to the Watersheds Plan and the County-wide Stormwater Management Plan.

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Water Quality in Chester County

Clean water in our groundwater aquifers, streams and lakes is critical to long-term healthy communities.  Learn about PADEP's assessment program, resources from MS4 municipalities, and information about TMDL pollution reduction programs.

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Flooding and Stormwater Reduction

CCWRA provides information on FEMA floodplains as well as real time stream flood monitoring through a partnership with USGS. The Authority also provides flood protection in the Brandywine Creek watershed through the operation of four flood control dams, and has information on preparing for flooding emergencies.

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Maps, Reports and Data

Find both interactive and print-ready maps on water quality conditions, floodplains, and other key water resources components, as well as reports on water conditions in the County, and various factsheets.

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Get Involved Local Watershed Groups

Chester County is fortunate to have watershed and conservation organizations that are active with on-the-ground improvement projects, outreach and community education.

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Sustainable Water Supply Management

CCWRA assists with sustainable water management by providing reservoir water supplies, through planned and managed water releases from Chambers Lake Reservoir. Learn about our reservoir management as well as water conservation tips.

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