Saturday, November 18, 2017


“Chemung County DPW – NYS DEC MS4 Stormwater Coalition Annual Report”

Horseheads – The Department of Public Works is pleased to announce that its “MS4 Stormwater Annual Report” is available for public viewing and comment on the County DPW webpage. Click here.
The County DPW participates in the County-wide MS4 Stormwater Coalition.  MS4 indicates an urban area with a “municipal separate storm sewer system”.  MS4 status is assigned by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA), and administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC.)

An MS4 is "a conveyance or system of conveyances owned by a State, City, Town, Village, or other public entity that discharges to the Waters of the United States and is:
• designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (includes gutters, pipes, ditches)
• NOT a combined sewer
• NOT part of a Publicly Owned Treatment Works (ie. sewage treatment plant)"

What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but runs off into waterways. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas and bare soil, and through sloped lawns while picking up a variety of materials on its way. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizers, oil and grease, debris and other potential pollutants. The quality of runoff is affected by a variety of factors and depends on the season, local meteorology, geography
and upon activities which lie in the path of the flow.

Why should I care?
Stormwater gathers a variety of pollutants that are mobilized during runoff events. Polluted runoff degrades our lakes, rivers, wetland and other waterways runoff. Transported soil clouds the waterway and interferes with the habitat of fish and plant life.

Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen can promote the overgrowth of algae, deplete oxygen in the waterway and be harmful to other aquatic life. Toxic chemicals from automobiles, sediment from construction activities and careless application of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers threaten the health of the receiving waterway and can kill fish and other aquatic life. Bacteria from animal wastes and illicit connections to sewerage systems can make nearby lakes and bays unsafe for wading, swimming and the propagation of edible shellfish. According to an inventory conducted by the US EPA, half of the impaired waterways are affected by urban/suburban and construction sources of stormwater runoff.

For more information, please visit the Chemung County Stormwater Coalition’s website. Click here.

To comment on the DPW MS4 Stormwater Coalition Annual Report, please use one of the following methods:

1. E-mail Public Works Commissioner Andrew Avery at:

2. Write us at:
                          Chemung County DPW
                          803 Chemung Street
                          Horseheads, NY 14845
                         Attn:  Stormwater Report Annual Comments

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