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Resources for Newly Designated MS4s

EPA has identified new MS4s based on the 2010 Census urbanized areas maps. The designation will require coverage the under the General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.

This page will be updated with information and resources for newly designated MS4s as information becomes available. When new information is posted, an announcement will be sent out through the Making Waves email listserv. Making Waves also provides information about new and important water-related issues, events, and news. To subscribe to Making Waves, first subscribe to DEC Delivers, and check the box next to Making Waves on the list of topics.

Newly designated MS4s are encouraged to review the General Permit for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems Permit, GP-0-15-003, forms and supplemental documents. These documents are available on the Stormwater MS4 Permit and Forms web page.

Assistance Documents

MS4 Introduction and Overview Presentation (PDF, 3.4 MB)--this presentation is an overview and introduction to the MS4 program

Overview of Federal Requirements for MS4 Designation (PDF) (75 KB)-overview of definitions and the federal requirements for a municipality to be designated as a MS4.

Decision Tree for Local School Districts-information will help to evaluate a school districts MS4 designation.

Decision Tree for MS4 Waiver I (PDF) (16 KB)-the document will help MS4s evaluate eligibility for Waiver I.

Getting Started: Thoughtful Consideration (PDF) (108 KB) - This document provides guidance on the thoughts and considerations that are necessary during the beginning stages of developing and implementing a Stormwater Management Program and Plan that will meet Federal and State regulatory requirements. It is meant to help owners or operators of an MS4 understand the basic context and intent of the stormwater regulations.

MS4 Program Reporting by Year Checklist (PDF) (77 KB) - This checklist outlines all activities and/or tasks that a required under the General Permit to be reported during specific permit term years (i.e. first, second, or third year). This checklist is intended to be used as a tool for any regulated traditional land use control MS4 and not to replace the requirements outline in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit (GP-0-15-003).

MS4 Program Activities Timeline (PDF) (124 KB) - This timeline outlines start and end dates for specific activities and tasks during the first three years of developing a Stormwater Management Program and Plan. It is meant to be used as a tool for any regulated traditional land use control MS4 and not to replace the requirements outline in the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit (GP-0-15-003).

EPA's Stormwater Overview & Lessons Learned Webinar--EPA webinar about the MS4 program on February 12, 2013. See "Links Leaving DEC's Website", on the right-hand side, for information about the webinar and other EPA training courses and workshops.

EPA's Stormwater Phase II Final Rule Fact Sheet Series--fact sheets about small MS4 programs, minimum control measures and permitting. The link is available in the right-hand side under "Links Leaving DEC's Website".

Recommendations for Stormwater Managers

Developing, implementing, and enforcing the Stormwater Management Program involves additions and modifications to many areas of responsibility. Stormwater program managers must make sure that municipal personnel (elected officials, professional staff, and laborers) are informed about the value and necessity; assigned appropriate responsibilities; provided with technical and procedural training; and have appropriate performance standards.

Stormwater Management Programs should be designed to work in concert with other water resource improvement projects. When possible managers should use inter-municipal partnerships to improve efficiency, promote consistency, and reduce costs.

MS4s are encouraged to contact NYSARC representatives for information about local stormwater coalitions. NYSARC contact information can be found on the Partners Available to Assist MS4s web page.

Funding Opportunities

MS4 Draft Funding Document (PDF, 178 KB)-- was developed to summarize the provisions in existing state law that may allow for the funding of the local share of the MS4 program.