Storm water is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground but flows into a storm sewer system or directly into waterways. We must be attentive to our storm water management systems because storm water can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water. 

How Can I Prevent Storm Water Pollution?

Household Hazardous Waste
Never dump anything down a storm drain.  Take used oil, paint and other household hazardous waste to recycling centers. Check your car for oil or other leaks.

Animal Waste
Pick up after your pets. Dispose of animal waste properly in a trash receptacle or flush it down the toilet.

Lawn Care
Apply fertilizers and pesticides exactly where you want them. Avoid over spraying them into sidewalks, driveways or streets. Reduce the amount of fertilizers you need to apply by testing the soil in your yard first.

Reducing Runoff
Adjunct sprinklers so that you're not watering the street or sidewalk. Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.

Yard Waste
Sweep up yard debris instead of washing it away. Use a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful gardening product.

Replant bare areas to avoid soil erosion. Keep invasive plants from growing in your yard. Remove them before they have a chance to grow and spread. 

Report spills, dumping or suspected water pollution to the Village. Clear clogged storm drains. Blocked drains cause drainage problems. Alert neighbors to the storm water pollution problem.


Village of Great Neck Annual Storm Water Management Reports:
MS4 Annual Report – 2017-2018
The 2017-2018 DRAFT Annual Report for the Storm Water Management Program is presented below to solicit comments from the general public with regard to our program. Please provide your comments at the May 1st  Board Meeting or submit comments regarding the report to by May 22, 2018
The report can be found here: 
2017-2018 DRAFT Annual Storm Water Management Program Report

Past Year Reports: 
2015-2016 Annual Storm Water Management Program Report
2014-2015 Annual Storm Water Management Program Report
2013-2014 Annual Storm Water Management Program Reportt
2012-2013 Annual Storm Water Management Program Report
2011-2012 Annual Storm Water Management Program Report

Additional Storm Water Links
Manhasset Bay Protection Committee

USEPA Stormwater Protection

NYSDEC Stormwater Protection

The Center for Watershed Protection

NYSDEC FAQs about Lawn Fertilizer