27 May

Rain Gardens: A How-To Guide (WNY Stormwater Coalition)

Stormwater Pollution Awareness  A growth in urbanization has caused an increase in impervious surfaces. The result of this is an increase in stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff is defined as rain, melted snow and ice from a roof, driveway or any type of impervious surface. Stormwater collects in a storm sewer system and empties into our local waterways. Along the way, stormwater collects … Continued

26 May

Household Guide to Preventing Stormwater Pollution (WNY Stormwater Coalition)

What is Stormwater? Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn’t soak into the ground and eventually 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. As it flows, stormwater runoff collects and transports soil, animal waste, salt, pesticides, … Continued

09 November

Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination (WNY Stormwater Coalition)

A Citizen’s Guide to Identifying & Preventing Stormwater Pollution   Stormwater runoff is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas, bare soil, and sloped lawns. Municipal storm sewer systems– storm drain inlets, pipes and ditches – collect stormwater runoff and convey it directly to local bodies of water. … Continued

20 October

Rain Barrel Maintenance Checklist

Check List for rain barrel maintenance 1. Make sure to drain each time it rains Empty your barrel after each storm so that it is ready to fill up the next time it rains. 2. Keep it clean! Remove leaves and debris that collect around your rain barrel and prevent it from collecting water. 3. … Continued