Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management Program

Stormwater is produced every time rain or snow is not absorbed directly into the soil. Stormwater can pick up oils, litter, sediments, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and pathogens as it travels across roads, buildings, dumpsters, lawns, and parking lots. If this stormwater flows into steams, ponds or lakes it can be a major source of water pollution. It is estimated that 70 percent of the water pollution in the United States comes from stormwater and other indirect discharges that are collectively called "non-point" sources.

In 1972, the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) was adopted to improve the quality of our Nation's waters. The Act sought to accomplish this by minimizing and eliminating what are commonly referred to as "point sources" of pollution, sources of pollution that originate from a pipe or other specific point of discharge. There were significant improvements in water quality, but pollution remained a problem in water bodies.

The Clean Water Act was amended in 1987 to target the non-point sources of pollution. Under Phase I of this effort, which began in 1990, municipalities having a population greater than 100,000 people were required to implement programs and projects that would reduce non-point pollution. In 2003 this requirement was extended to almost all other municipalities including the Town of Salina under what is commonly referred to as "Phase II".

In New York, Phase II required that all regulated municipalities obtain a permit from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation for the discharge of stormwater runoff into their surface waters. As a condition of this permit, regulated municipalities must develop and implement a comprehensive stormwater management program that includes mandated programs and practices in the following six categories:

Our Plan

The Town of Salina has filed a Stormwater Management Plan with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation that describes what the Town will do each year to meet the requirements of the Phase II stormwater management regulations. The document can be viewed at the Town of Salina Department of Planning & Development.

Town of Salina Stormwater Management Program Annual Report

The Town is required to prepare an annual report that describes how its programs address the impacts of stormwater discharges upon water bodies, the pollutants of concern and their sources, steps being taken to reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff, and the effectiveness of best management practices. The Town is required to make the report available to the public and to provide the public with an opportunity to comment on the Town's program at a public meeting prior to filing the report with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

This year's annual report can be viewed at the Department of Planning & Development or here online. Public comments are welcomed and may be filed with the Town Clerk or with the Director of Planning & Development or at (315) 451-0492.

Links of Interest

There are many websites that provide information on the stormwater management. Below are several that are particularly useful:

New York State websites

United States Environmental Protection Agency websites

Other sources of information on stormwater management

Information for homeowners

Information for contractors

Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (Phase II Stormwater Site)

For More Information:

If you need additional information on the Town's stormwater management program or what you can do to reduce the impacts of stormwater, contact: Director of Planning & Development at 315-451-0492 or the Highway Superintendent at 315-455-5525.

Stormwater Hotline 315-451-0492 (To report illicit discharges or connections into the town's stormwater system)


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