2021 ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ Volunteer Stream Monitoring, Friday Sept. 24, 5-7pm. Sign up today!

The Stormwater Coalition is sponsoring a WAVE stream monitoring event on a small tributary of the Normanskill Creek. The stream is located in the City of Albany near the Normanskill Farm Trail Parking Lot.

The monitoring date and time is Friday, September 24, 5-6:30/7pm (dusk). If interested in participating, register by emailing or calling the Stormwater Coalition (swcoalition@albanycounty.com or 518-447-5645). You will need directions for where to meet, what to wear, and other details.

“WAVE” (Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators) is a stream monitoring method developed by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC).

As a volunteer you’ll collect “stream bugs” using nets, assess habitat, and fill out forms describing how you might want to use the stream (fishing, swimming, etc.). Your data is then sent to NYSDEC scientists. The bugs, or macroinvertebrates, are the “canaries in a coal mine” which tell us if a stream is affected by pollution or not.

A Local WAVE Coordinator, Nancy Heinzen, from the Stormwater Coalition will lead this event and equipment and training is provided.

If the weather is threatening or rainy, the monitoring event will be rescheduled for Monday, September 27, 5-7pm (dusk). You will be contacted that day either by email, text, and/or phone call using the information provided once registered.

Although outdoors, as this will involve small group work, to protect unvaccinated participants, wear a mask.

Read More

Coalition Board Meeting September 17, 2021, 8:30am-10:00am, Village of Green Island, 19 George St. Public welcome!

The Stormwater Coalition Board of Director’s meeting is Friday, September 17, 2021, 8:30am-10:00am at the Village of Green Island Municipal Center, 19 George Street, Green Island, NY 12183. For more information, contact swcoalition@albanycounty.com, agenda here. Public welcome!

Read More

Job Opening Coalition Stormwater Program Technician – part time Application due: July 30, 2021

The Stormwater Coalition has a job opening for the part time position of Coalition Stormwater Program Technician. See Job Posting flyer for details.

Read More

The Stormwater Coalition receives the 2021 Watershed WaveMakers – Institution award from the Hudson River Watershed Alliance!

On June 22, 2021 the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County received the Hudson River Watershed Alliance 2021 Watershed WaveMakers-Institution award for their implementation of the NYSDEC MS4 SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges.

Recognizing Coalition efforts for various pro-active watershed based approaches to implementing stormwater program requirements, staff and member communities were honored at the annual Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s Toast to the Tribs awards benefit.

Here’s the Hudson River Watershed Alliance’s YouTube channel video honoring the Stormwater Coalition:

Read More

Coalition Board Meeting June 11, 2021 8:30am – 10:00am Teams videoconference. Public welcome!

The Stormwater Coalition Board of Director’s videoconference meeting is Friday, June 11, 2021, 8:30am to 10:00am. If you would like to access the meeting, contact swcoalition@albanycounty.com. The public is invited, agenda here.

Read More

Now posted on the Coalition website – the FINAL MS4 Permit Stormwater Coalition Annual Report (2021)!

Annual Reports for regulated MS4/municipalities located in Albany County, NY can now be viewed on the Coalition website: Albany County; University at Albany-SUNY; City of Albany; Town of Bethlehem; City of Cohoes; Town of Colonie, Village of Green Island; Town of Guilderland; Village of Menands; Town of New Scotland; Village of Voorheesville; and City of Watervliet.

Packaged as a Joint Annual Report, the document describes stormwater permit implementation activities from March 10, 2020 to March 9, 2021. Take a look!

Read More

The DRAFT Stormwater Permit Joint Annual Report is available for public comment. Comments due Friday, May 7, 2021, 4pm

By June 1, regulated MS4/municipalities must file with NYSDEC an Annual Report which describes progress over the past year implementing requirements named in the MS4 Stormwater Permit. Prior to finalizing the report, a DRAFT Annual Report is made available for public comment.

This DRAFT Joint Annual Report includes individual reports from: Albany County, University at Albany-SUNY, City of Albany, Town of Bethlehem, City of Cohoes, Town of Colonie, Village of Green Island, Town of Guilderland, Village of Menands, Town of New Scotland, Village of Voorheesville, and the City of Watervliet, all located in Albany County. NY.

Comments can be submitted using the Coalition Public Comment portal, by email, phone call, or by contacting the local MS4 Permit Public Contact (see Coalition website Member pages). In addition to submitting comments, you can also request an open public meeting to share your comments.

Read More

Come Clean Your River at the Green Island Hudson River Park, May 1, 9am-11am. Join the Riverkeeper 2021 Sweep!

The Stormwater Coalition of Albany County and member community Village of Green Island is hosting a Riverkeeper SWEEP Clean Up at the Green Island Hudson River Park in Albany County, NY on May 1, 9am to 11am.

To participate, pre-registration is required, follow this link. There you’ll find where to meet, what to bring, and other registration information.

For additional information about this annual event, go to the Riverkeeper website: www.riverkeeper.org/sweep

This is one of 120+ service projects, all part of the Riverkeeper Sweep, from Brooklyn to the Adirondacks. Give back to the Hudson River and it’s tributaries this spring. Join Stormwater Coalition communities in cleaning up our waterways.

Help get the word out, here’s a flyer to share and post. Thank you!

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, all volunteers will need to observe the following social distancing requirements:

  • Pre-registration is required to participate.
  • All participants must bring their own masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and reusable water bottles.
  • All volunteers must maintain a minimum distance of 6 feet and wear masks that fully cover nose and mouth at all times – no exceptions.
  • When announcements are being made, a distance of 15 feet should be maintained.
  • Volunteers should carpool only with members of their own household.
  • Volunteers should not participate if they have ANY signs of illness or if they have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 within the previous two weeks.

Read More

March 19, 2021 Coalition Board of Director’s Meeting

The Stormwater Coalition Board of Director’s videoconference meeting is Friday, March 19, 2021, 8:30am to 10:00am. If you would like to access the meeting, contact swcoalition@albanycounty.com. The public is invited, agenda here.

Read More

Coalition Board Meeting January 15, 2021, 8:30am to 10:00am. Skype for Business videoconference. Public welcome.

The Stormwater Coalition Board of Director’s meeting is Friday, January 15, 2021, 8:30am to 10:00am. If you would like to access the meeting, contact swcoalition@albanycounty.com. The public is invited, agenda here.

Read More