Managing stormwater is typically left to researchers and scientists in the field of stormwater management. These scientists, known as stormwater technicians and specialists, typically need to know and understand many different aspects of the field, such as hydrology, hydrogeology, geophysics, chemistry, biology, environmental science and engineering, in order to properly manage the immense stormwater systems.
Here you will find resources on how you, the homeowner, can become more involved within your community and your home when it comes to preventing pollution from entering our surface and ground waters. We cam offer you links and information on how to start your own smart growth/green infrastructure projects, such as rain gardens, living roofs or green roofs, or simpler projects such as installing a rain barrel. The best way to prevent polluted stormwater from entering our rivers and bays is to implement some simple BMPs in and around your home and help spread those techniques to friends and neighbors within your community.
Reducing the quantity and improving the quality of stormwater runoff in your community starts with you. As a homeowner, you have the ability to reduce the amount of pollutants that enter stormwater and the amount of stormwater that leaves your property by implementing some simple BMPs.
As each homeowner's situation is different from one another's, you can begin by taking a closer look at the practices you and your family perform on a daily basis in and around your home. It may be surprising which of them you didn't realize could be contributing to stormwater pollution. We offer some helpful tips, organized by category, to help you prevent stormwater pollution in your community,
Choose your Suffolk County township from the links on the left for some local stormwater resources.