What is storm water pollution?
Anything that gets in the path of a raindrop becomes storm water
pollution. Another name for storm water pollution is non-point source
How is storm water pollution
Every time it rains, storm water is carried directly to our surface waters.
That means that storm water pollution can have detrimental effects to
creeks, lakes, ponds, rivers and the oceans into which it drains.
What types of pollutants are
in storm water pollution?
Storm water 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.
What can citizens do to
prevent storm water pollution?
There are several things citizens can do to prevent storm water pollution.
Never dump anything down a
storm drain. All storm drains flow directly to creeks and lakes.
Take used oil, paint and
other household hazardous waste to recycling centers.
Check your car for oil or
Apply fertilizers and
pesticides exactly where you want them. Avoid over spraying them
onto sidewalks, driveways or streets.
Reduce the amount of
fertilizers you need to apply by testing the soil in your yard first.
Adjust sprinklers so that
you’re not watering the street or sidewalk.
Redirect roof gutters to
lawns, natural areas or rain gardens.
Talk you car to a car wash
instead of washing it on the driveway.
Pool water must be dechlorinated before discharging.
The federal Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of pollutants to waters.
Even seemingly small concentrations of chlorine can harm aquatic life. Chlorine can
be very toxic to fish, small crustaceans, and plankton. The U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency acknowledges that at 1mg/L or less chlorine has a high acute
toxicity to aquatic organisms.
It is against federal law to discharge chlorinated water without first reducing chlorine
to acceptable levels (<0.1 mg/L).
Consider the following options for removing chlorine:
Simply stop adding chlorine to your uncovered pool and wait. Sunlight will help
to naturally dissipate the chlorine within 10 days. During that time, use
a swimming pool test kit to measure chlorine.
Chemically dechlorinate the pool water. Chemicals that will quickly remove chlorine are available through pool and spa care vendors.
Sweep up yard debris
instead of washing it away.
Bundle yard waste at the
curb for pickup.
Blow leaves and grass
clippings back into your yard instead of leaving them in the street to
wash down the storm drain.
Use a compost bin to turn
yard waste into a useful gardening product.
Replant bare areas to
avoid soil erosion.
Keep invasive plants from
growing in your yard. Remove them before they have a chance t
grow and spread.
Avoid planting exotic
plants. Select only plants that are native to this area.
Report spills, dumping or
suspected water pollution to the Village.
Clear clogged storm
drains. Blocked drains cause drainage problems.
community-wide clean up days and other events.
Alert neighbors to the
storm water pollution problem.
Your Septic System
Overflowing septic systems can result in pathogen pollution:
Have your septic system inspected at least every 3 years by a professional
Your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector (generally every 3 to 5 years).
Household 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 waterways.
Geese and other Waterfowl
Droppings from geese and ducks can be a significant source of pathogens that pollute our waterways:
Don’t feed geese and ducks, it encourages them to remain and become full-time residents and create a nuisance
Feeding them bread and popcorn in unhealthy for the birds
Feeding concentrates geese and leads to human/goose conflicts
Is it illegal to pollute the storm drainage system?
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
- Water line flushing, except
super-chlorinated water line flushing.
- Landscape irrigation.
- Uncontaminated groundwater
- Uncontaminated, pumped groundwater.
- Discharge from potable water sources.
- Foundation drains.
- Air conditioning condensate.
- Irrigation water.
- Lawn watering.
- De-chlorinated swimming pool
- Street wash water.
- Flows from emergency fire and rescue
operations other than those resulting from negligence on the part of
the person who owned or controlled the pollutant.
Storm Water Links:
DRAFT Stormwater Management Program Annual Report – Please email or call us with your comments!
USEPA Storm Water
NYSDEC Storm Water
Nassau County Storm Water
Center for Watershed Protection
Pet Waste Pollution
Managing Your Septic System