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Every time it rains, stormwater is carried directly to our surface waters. That means that stormwater pollution can have detrimental effects on the following into which it drains:
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Anything that gets in the path of a raindrop becomes stormwater pollution. Another name for stormwater pollution is non-point source pollution.
Stormwater can carry:
There are several things citizens can do to prevent stormwater pollution. View some options on our Citizen Role in Stormwater Management page.
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 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (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: