About Stormwater / Runoff

Stormwater is rain and snowmelt runoff from roadways, construction sites, parking lots, and roof drains that is collected in gutters and drains to a local waterway such as the Genesee River or Lake Ontario. Stormwater pollution is the sediment, bacteria, fertilizers, pesticides, automotive fluids, and other materials that are washed from these surfaces during a rainstorm or snow melt. In most cases, stormwater runoff is not treated at a wastewater treatment plant.

Efforts to Combat Stormwater Pollution

Stormwater Management Plan

The Town of Irondequoit maintains a stormwater management plan (SWMP) and is committed to educating and working together with residents and local businesses have clean stormwater. Irondequoit discharges stormwater in accordance with the NYSDEC SPEDES general permit for stormwater discharges from municipal separate storm systems (MS4).

Larry the H2O Hero

The Town of Irondequoit collaborates with the Monroe County Stormwater Coalition and promotes education through Larry, the H2O Hero.

Visit the H2O Hero website and remember: Only Rain Down the Drain!

Town Wide Drainage District

In 2004, the Town of Irondequoit created a Town Wide Drainage District to help comply with state and federal regulations regarding storm water systems and discharges.

Replacement of Storm Drains

The Department of Public Works is currently undertaking an effort to upgrade and replace deteriorated and undersized storm drains throughout the Town.

"A Guide to Rain Gardens"

Some helpful information about Rain Gardens can be found HERE

Contact Us

If you have questions or concerns regarding drainage in your area, please call the Department of Public Health at 585-336-6090.