Stormwater Toolbox

The Stormwater Toolbox is just that - a black, heavy plastic toolbox filled with good information for use by the local code enforcement officer as he or she talks with residents and developers about construction projects.  They were developed by the Rural Stormwater Coalition and distributed to each municipality in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben Counties in 2008.  


The contents of the toolboxes are listed below, with links to these resources.  Some material is for reference.  Other items are intended for distribution to developers or the general public.  If you have difficulties accessing the information or would like hardcopies, please contact Janet Thigpen at 

Stormwater Packet for Small Construction Sites

Stormwater Flow Chart for Construction Projects (for Schuyler and Steuben County Code Enforcement Officers)

Handy Stormwater Construction Permit Checklist provides information about the types of construction projects that require a state permit for erosion control and stormwater management.

The Toolbox includes packets of information for distribution to developers of small construction sites for which a state stormwater permit is required.  Each packet contains the following materials: 

NYS Stormwater Construction Permit

NYSDEC SPDES General Permit for Construction Activity GP-0-10-001

NYSDEC SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Storm Separate Sewer Systems (MS4's) GP-0-10-002

Local Building Permit

Suggested Application for Building Permit Form- asks if construction activity will disturb more than one acre and specifies that NYS Stormwater Construction Permit coverage is required if the disturbance (clearing, grading, excavating, access roads, etc.) will be more than an acre.

The following sections of the NYS codes apply to stormwater drainage:

Building Code of NYS, Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction, Section 3307 Protection of Adjoining Property
3307.1 Protection required.
Adjoining public and private property shall be protected from damage during construction, remodeling and demolition work. Protection must be provided for footings, foundations, party walls, chimneys, skylights and roofs. Provisions shall be made to control water runoff and erosion during construction or demolition activities. The person making or causing an excavation to be made shall provide written notice to the owners of adjoining buildings advising them that the excavation is to be made and that the adjoining buildings should be protected. Said notification shall be delivered not less than 10 days prior to the scheduled starting date of the excavation.

Property Maintenance Code of NYS, Section 507 Storm Drainage
507.1 General. Drainage of roofs and paved areas, yards and courts, and other open areas on the premises shall not be discharged in a manner that creates a public nuisance.

Property Maintenance Code of NYS, Section 302 Exterior Property Areas
302.2 Grading and drainage.
All premises shall be graded and maintained to prevent the erosion of soil and to prevent the accumulation of stagnant water thereon, or within any structure located thereon.  Exception: Approved retention areas and reservoirs.

Local Land Use Regulations

Model Drainage System and Erosion Control Language

Tools for Managing Local Drainage Issues:  Land Use Regulations / Driveway Standards

Example ordinance:  Town of Campbell Timber Harvesting Law

Stormwater Management Guidance Manual for Local Officials (available from the NYSDEC website)

Information for the General Public

Stormwater Resource Sheet:  Where to Go for Additional Information or Assistance


o    Make Your Home the Solution to Stormwater Pollution!  A homeowner's guide to healthy habits for clean water

o    After the Storm:  A Citizen's Guide to Understanding Stormwater

o    Storm Sewers - The Rivers Beneath Our Feet

o    Where Stormwater Goes poster (shown right--->)

Other Resources

Highway Drainage Information:

o    Handout describing STC Drainage System Mapping Project

o    Recommended Management Practices for Highway Operations

o    Illicit Discharge Protocol for Highway Departments in Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben Counties

Sediment & Erosion Control Plans for Pond Construction Sites

The Low Impact Development (LID) Sampler

Stream Processes: A Guide to Living in Harmony with Streams

Best Management Practices During Timber Harvesting Operations (available from STC or County Soil and Water Conservation District)

Meandering Streams (information sheet)

Private Stream Crossings (information sheet)

Groundwater Flooding (information sheet)

NYS Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control

Copies of the "Blue Book"  have been provided to municipalities.  It is also available on the NYSDEC website:  New York Standards and Specifications for Erosion and Sediment Control



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