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.

 Here is Part 1 of the Center for Watershed Protection's new video series on illicit discharges in the coastal plain. This first video focuses on identifying illicit discharges. Made possible by the partners of Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and Lori A. Lilly Environmental Solutions and the funder the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation! 

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 installa


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.