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Stormwater and Urban Issues

Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated.

Spring 2018 Western New York Stormwater Management Training Series

Please check back for updates on 2018 Western New York Stormwater Management Training Series

     Workshops require the use of the NYS Stormwater Design Manual or the NYS Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control. You may download them for free from the DEC websites, or you may order them hardcopy for a fee through the Empire State Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society. For more information, visit the Empire State Chapter Soil & Water Conservation Society website.
     Visit our stormwater training page for the schedule of our upcoming trainings, brochures and registration forms!

MCSWCD Stormwater Services

Subdivision Plan Review
     Upon request from municipalities or the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), subdivision plans are reviewed for potential impacts to water resources.
Construction Site Inspections
     In collaboration with the NYS DEC and the municipalities of Monroe County, we conduct construction site inspections and respond to citizens’ complaints in Monroe County for compliance with Phase II regulations for the State Pollution Discharge Elimination System (SPDES).
Municipal Stormwater Management Assistance
     MCSWCD assists municipal staff with stormwater management concerns such as construction site erosion control, stormwater ponds, stream bank erosion and drainage.
Mapping Resource Services
     Approximately 120 landowners and consultants request copies of aerial photos and natural resource maps each year.
Landowner Consultations
     Our technicians meet with landowners to discuss issues such as drainage concerns and techniques for improving backyard wildlife habitat.
Stormwater Training Seminars
     The District hosts many stormwater training seminars throughout Monroe County. For more information on training details, click here!

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Upcoming Code Enforcement Officer Trainings and Conferences:

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Rain Barrel Program

Collecting a using rain water helps protect the environment and save money and energy. A rain barrel collects and stores rain water from your roof that would be otherwise lost to the stormwater system. A rain barrel will save most home owners about 1,300 gallons of water. For more information on rain barrels and how to use them, visit our
Rain Barrel Program Page
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Monroe County Soil and Water Conservation District
145 Paul Road, Building 5 
Rochester, New York 14624
Phone: 585-753-7380
Fax: 585-753-7374
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