New York City Releases Stormwater Management Plan

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection released the city’s draft Stormwater Management Plan as required by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to help further improve the health of New York Harbor. The goal of the plan is to reduce or remove pollutants in stormwater runoff in those portions of the city that are serviced by a separated sewer system through an integrated approach. The plan is comprised of twelve innovative and integrated programmatic strategies including behavioral change campaigns, enhancements for stormwater management on over 800 city-owned properties, increased monitoring and water quality testing, green infrastructure, litter reduction, and public outreach and education. It also details the development of two new programs for stormwater management from industrial and commercial sites and construction activities.

“New York Harbor is cleaner today than it has been in more than a century, but we have more work to do and this includes reducing pollution through the City’s separate stormwater sewer system,” said DEP Commissioner Sapienza. “In order to develop a comprehensive stormwater management plan we have worked with the City Council to pass legislation, held more than 200 coordination meetings with agency partners, briefed and incorporated feedback from environmental, neighborhood and development organizations, and held technical workshops and released progress reports. We look forward to continuing this partnership with all stakeholders as we work to protect public health and the environment.”

In addition to briefings for the five borough service cabinets and environmental organizations, the public will have the opportunity to learn more and provide comments at the following meetings:

  • April 24, 2018
    The Arsenal at Central Park, 3rd Floor Gallery
    830 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
  • May 2, 2018
    Staten Island Borough Hall, Room 122
    10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

Public comments will be accepted via email to until May 15, 2018. The final plan will be submitted to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation by Aug. 1, 2018.

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