Jon Rauscher, PE Leed AP, City Engineer
Charles Stewart, Civil Engineer Tech
109 N. Main St.
Oneida, NY 13421
Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated.
Runoff is mainly conveyed via inlets, closed conduit and open channel flow to Oneida Creek, Cowselon Creek and Higinbotham Brook.
Public works is responsible for maintaining and inspecting the separate storm sewer collection system within the street right-of-way or where easements have been granted.
The City is also responsible for reviewing new developments in accordance with local stormwater ordinance, See Chapter 143 – “Site Plan Review” and NYS DEC requirements/guidelines, http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/29072.html.
To decrease polluted runoff from paved surfaces, households can develop alternatives to areas traditionally covered by impervious surfaces. Porous pavement materials are available for driveways and sidewalks, and native vegetation and mulch can replace high maintenance grass lawns. Homeowners can use fertilizers sparingly and sweep driveways, sidewalks and roads instead of using a hose. Instead of disposing of yard waste, they can use the materials to start a compost pile In addition, households can prevent polluted runoff by picking up after pets and using, storing and disposing of chemicals properly. Drivers should check their cars for leaks and recycle their motor oil and antifreeze when these fluids are changed.