What is stormwater? Stormwater is rain and snow melt that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, highways, and parking lots. Stormwater carries sediment, oil, grease, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other pollutants into storm drains and then, untreated, into nearby waterbodies. Because most stormwater drainage systems provide no treatment, preventing contamination of stormwater is crucial to ensure that pollutants do not enter waterways. Improperly managed stormwater runoff is also a leading cause of flooding, which can lead to property damage, cause road safety hazards, and clog catch basins and culverts with sediment and debris. According to the federal law commonly known as Stormwater Phase II, permits are required for stormwater discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) in urbanized areas and for all construction activities (both inside and outside of MS4 areas) that disturb one or more acres. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has developed two general permits as part of the State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) to implement this law in NYS. Please go to http://www.broometiogastormwater.com/ to learn more about stormwater and the Stormwater Phase II Program. How does rain affect your world? Check out our public education campaign, Water From Rain featuring a promotional video and a website www.waterfromrain.org. Check out the website for more information. Link to annual reports- http://broometiogastormwater.com/annual-report Click on the link below for a printable version.