The Chenango Forks Central School District is part of an MS4 community. "MS4" is short for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System, which is a conveyance or system of conveyances that is: owned by a state, city, town, village or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S., designed or used to collect or convey stormwater, not a combined sewer, and not part of a sewage treatment plant or publicly owned treatment works. Much of New York state's watersheds contribute to the Chesapeake Bay area. How does rain and pollutants affect our school district and our world? The Broome Tioga Stormwater Coalition has launched a public education campaign: Water From Rain, featuring a promotional video and a website: www.waterfromrain.org.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that doesn't soak into the ground but runs off into waterways. It flows from rooftops, over paved areas and bare soil, and through sloped lawns while picking up a variety of materials on its way.
Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition
There are 15 designated MS4s in the counties of Broome and Tioga that must prepare and implement a stormwater management program to comply with state and federal stormwater regulations. These municipalities recognize that watersheds and separate sewer systems cross municipal boundaries and that collaborative efforts addressing local stormwater issues saves time, money and energy. As a result, the MS4s entered into an agreement to form the Broome-Tioga Stormwater Coalition and work together to address local stormwater issues and meet the state and federal stormwater requirements.