Stormwater Management and Urban Drainage Issues

Stormwater management and pollution prevention are emerging issues across New York State, especially in rapidly urbanizing areas such as Albany County.   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 land, paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality. The Albany County Soil and Water Conservation District is active in the implementation of grant-funded projects to address stormwater concerns.  The Conservation District provides education/outreach to municipal staff and the general public. Projects include Demonstration Rain Gardens, Rain Barrel Program, development and distribution of educational materials, and stormwater workshops for construction contractors and municipal officials.

For further information and assistance, please see the links below or contact the Conservation District by phone at (518) 765-SWCD, or by email at acswcd@gmail.com