Why so much formality over stormwater when we’ve had the system for years?

Under the federal Clean Water Act and the state Clean Streams Law, the Boroughs  must develop, implement and enforce a Stormwater Management Program to address the minimum control measures AND reduce the discharge of pollutants into streams under a general permit that is renewed every 5 years.  The Boroughs must demonstrate compliance through submission of annual status reports and must achieve reductions in loading under the permit through projects which need to be designed, constructed, and maintained with the five year permit cycle.