Anything that gets in the path of a raindrop becomes
stormwater pollution. Another name for stormwater
pollution is non-point source pollution.
stormwater pollution a problem?
Every time it rains, stormwater is carried directly to
our surface waters. That means that stormwater
pollution can have detrimental effects to creeks, lakes,
ponds, rivers and the oceans into which it drains.
of pollutants are in storm water pollution?
Stormwater can carry sediment, trash, automotive fluids
like used oil and antifreeze, grass clippings, leaves,
yard waste, excess fertilizers, animal waste, pesticides
and anything else that gets in its way.
citizens do to prevent storm water pollution?
There are several things citizens can do to prevent stormwater pollution.
it illegal to pollute the storm drainage system?
dump anything down a storm drain. All
storm drains flow directly to creeks and
used oil, paint and other household hazardous
waste to recycling centers.
your car for oil or other leaks.
fertilizers and pesticides exactly where you
want them. Avoid over spraying them onto
sidewalks, driveways or streets.
the amount of fertilizers you need to apply by
testing the soil in your yard first.
sprinklers so that you're not watering the
street or sidewalk.
roof gutters to lawns, natural areas or rain
you car to a car wash instead of washing it on
and other Waterfowl
geese and ducks can be a significant source of
pathogens that pollute our waterways:
feed geese and ducks, it encourages them to
remain and become full-time residents and
create a nuisance
them bread and popcorn in unhealthy for the
concentrates geese and leads to human/goose
up yard debris instead of washing it away.
yard waste at the curb for pickup.
leaves and grass clippings back into your yard
instead of leaving them in the street to wash
down the storm drain.
a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful
bare areas to avoid soil erosion.
invasive plants from growing in your yard.
Remove them before they have a chance t grow
planting exotic plants. Select only
plants that are native to this area.
spills, dumping or suspected water pollution
to the Village.
clogged storm drains. Blocked drains
cause drainage problems.
in community-wide clean up days and other
neighbors to the storm water pollution
Overflowing septic systems can result in
your septic system inspected at least every 3
years by a professional
tank pumped as recommended by the inspector
(generally every 3 to 5 years).
chemicals, gasoline, oil, pesticides,
antifreeze, paint, etc. should be taken to the
Town S.T.O.P collection sites and not flushed.
Overflowing septic systems can pollute our
It is illegal to discharge, cause to be discharged,
directly or indirectly, or cause any pollutant to enter
into the storm drain system unless permitted by a NYSDEC
permit. Storm water is the only discharge permitted
in the storm water system with exception of incidental
non-storm water flows which do not negatively impact the
quality of the receiving stream including:
- Water line
flushing, except super-chlorinated water line
- Discharge from
potable water sources.
- Lawn watering.
swimming pool discharge.
- Street wash
- Flows from
emergency fire and rescue operations other
than those resulting from negligence on the
part of the person who owned or controlled the