As the operator of a municipal stormwater system, Hastings is committed to educating its residents and contractors on the management of stormwater runoff.
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.
What's the Problem?
As it flows, stormwater runoff transports pollutants to surface waters, like the Hudson River and the Saw Mill River, making them unsafe for wading, swimming, boating, and fishing. Pollution conveyed by stormwater degrades the quality of drinking water and damages fisheries and plant and animal habitats.
What can be done?
Significant improvements have been achieved in controlling pollutants that are discharged from sewage and wastewater treatment plants. But stormwater runoff is not normally treated by wastewater treatment plants. Stormwater management is becoming a necessary step in seeking further reductions in pollution in our waterways.
The federal and state governments now require Hastings to develop a Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) and submit annual reports to the Department.
The 2010-11 Annual Report is in draft form and available for review until June 1. Comments are welcome and can be submitted to Village Clerk Susan Maggiotto.
For further information contact the Hastings Local Stormwater Public Contact Deven Sharma.
Additional information is available from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Division of Water: http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8468.html and the Water Environment Federation: http://www.wef.org/stormwater.