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Suffolk County Stormwater Management Program

Steven Bellone, County Executive

Department of Public Works

Department of Economic Development and Planning

July Stormwater
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Who’s down with PPCP? Pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCP) have been most likely present in the environment for as long as humans have been using them, it has been until only recently that the contamination of ground water with PPCPs has become a concern. Click here to learn more about PPCPs.


DEC Announces Annual Temporary Closure of Three North Shore Shellfishing Areas. Closed to the harvest of shellfish beginning at sunrise on Friday, July 3, and continuing through Wednesday, July 8, these closures are imposed during busy holidays to protect public health from potentially contaminated shellfish associated with increased boating activity in shellfishing waters (Port Jefferson Harbor, Oyster Bay Harbor, and the Sand Hole in Huntington). Click here for more details.


Report Illicit Discharges: Click here for details!


Find out how you can make a difference at home here


Announcing the launch of Stormwater Superheroes!

Suffolk County Stormwater Superheroes is a self-paced interactive lesson with quizzes, drawing, and games, where students will explore what they can do to help our local bays and watersheds. We'll discover how various kinds of pollutants make their way to the bay and ocean and how it affects local marine life.
Lesson length: 30-45 minutes.
Recommended for Grades: 2nd-6th

Click here for more info!

Are you a teacher or a parent?

We would appreciate your feedback on Stormwater Superheroes so that we can continue to create digital lessons that will best support the education of students on Long Island.
Feedback can be submitted to: cs424@cornell.edu

Welcome!

Suffolk County has developed a Stormwater Management Program to reduce stormwater pollution from County-owned roads and properties. Polluted stormwater runoff is often transported by conveyance systems into our local waters. Common pollutants include oil and grease from roadways, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, sediments from construction and carelessly discarded trash and litter.

These and other stormwater pollutants impair our local waterways; discourage recreational use, create human health risks, and degrade habitats for fish and other aquatic life. Under the Stormwater Management Program, the Suffolk County Department of Public Works and Cornell University Cooperative Extension are working together to develop an educational program and best management practices to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff.

Outdated cesspool and septic systems continue to be an issue in Suffolk County. In an effort to improve water quality Suffolk County has started the Reclaim Our Waters program.

The Septic Improvement Program is available to qualified owners of residential property located within Suffolk County. Grant funding, of up to $10,000, will be provided toward the purchase and installation of Suffolk County Department of Health Services approved Innovative and Alternative nitrogen removal onsite wastewater treatment system (I/A OWTS) and leaching structure, as well as toward attendant engineering and design services. An additional $1,000 may be available toward installation of Pressurized Shallow Drainfields for a maximum grant of up to $11,000. All other costs, including, but not limited to, costs above the authorized grant amount, irrigation repairs, electrical improvements unrelated to system installation or other improvements necessary for the installation are the responsibility of the property owner/applicant. Post-installation landscaping restoration is also the responsibility of the property owner/applicant. Click here for information about the Reclaim Our Waters program

Have you ever wanted to have you own rain garden? Do you want to know more about rain gardens? There is now an app that can help you along with everything you would to need to know to design and install your very own rain garden:

Build a Rain Garden with the Rain Garden App

The Rain Garden app (external link) developed by The Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR) at the University of Connecticut walks homeowners through each step of rain garden installation.

Browse our website and check out what Suffolk County is doing and what you can do to help reduce stormwater pollution from your home and work.