Rural Stormwater Coalition

Individuals interested in promoting improved stormwater management practices in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties have banded together to form the Rural Stormwater Coalition. The Coalition enables regional delivery of stormwater education and training programs. The Rural Stormwater Coalition meets quarterly, with leadership responsibilities and meeting locations rotating among the member counties and STC.

Rural Stormwater Coalition comment letter to NYSDEC regarding the SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges From High-Volume Hydraulic Fracturing (29 December 2011)

"Slow It Down, Spread It Out, Soak It In" is the motto for the Coalition and this philosophy guides the Coalition's projects. The goal is to work with natural systems to keep water on the land near where it falls.

The group's first project was a series of workshops entitled, "Rural Stormwater: Why Does It Matter?"  These events, held June 5 and 12, 2008, were intended for municipal officials, particularly code enforcement officers, elected boards as well as planning board and zoning board of appeals members. The objective was to promote improved understanding of the State Construction Permit so that municipalities can provide developers with accurate information and promote compliance with state stormwater management requirements. Each municipality received a "Stormwater Toolbox" with information about the NYS Construction Permit, stormwater outreach materials, and other resources.

With funding from the STC Rural Stormwater Program grant, the Coalition purchased storm drain markers to let people know that whatever goes down the grate drains into nearby lakes and streams in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

Funding from a Finger Lakes - Lake Ontario Watershed Protection Alliance (FL-LOWPA) Special Projects Grant enabled the Coalition to promote improved management of runoff from home sites.  Several workshops provided training in the use of rain barrels and rain gardens to reduce the volume and velocity of stormwater runoff. More than 150 rain barrels have been distributed to homeowners throughout the 3-county region and each county built a rain garden demonstration area with educational signs. These rain garden sites and the rain barrel program were added to STC's Low Impact Development Sampler.

STC staff also developed educational handouts for the Rural Stormwater Coalition and others to distribute: "Rainwater:  A Resource for Homeowners", "Building a Rural Driveway",Rural Stormwater Flow Chart for construction sites (for Schuyler and Steuben County Code Enforcement Officiers), and Illicit Discharge Protocol for Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties.

 

Upcoming Training:

Rural Stormwater Coalition Training is posted on the Chemung County Rural Stormwater webpage

New York State Stormwater Training Calendar

 Rural Coalition Contacts:

       STC Region - Janet Thigpen
                       Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Board
                       8 Denison Parkway East, Suite 310
                       Corning, NY 14830
                       (607) 737-5271

     Chemung County - Jessica Verrigni
                        Chemung County Stormwater Coalition
                         851 Chemung Street
                         Horseheads, NY 14845
                         (607) 796-2216

     Schuyler County - Elaine Dalrymple
                        Schuyler County Soil & Water Conservation District
                        P.O. Box 326
                        Montour Falls, NY 14865
                        (607)535-0878

     Steuben County - Jeff Parker
                        Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District
                        USDA Service Center
                        415 West Morris Street
                        Bath, NY 14810
                        (607) 776-7398 Ext. 3

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