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The DRAFT Joint MS4 Permit Annual Report is available for public comment. Comments due May 17, 2022 by 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 NYSDEC SPDES General Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) GP-0-15-003.

This DRAFT Joint Annual Report includes individual reports from: Albany County, University at Albany (SUNY) Uptown Campus, City of Albany, Town of Bethlehem, City of Cohoes, Town of Colonie, Village of Green Island, Town of Guilderland, Town of New Scotland, Village of Voorheesville, and the City of Watervliet, all located in Albany County, NY. The reporting period is March 10, 2021 to March 9, 2022.

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

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Riverkeeper Sweep – May 7, 2022, 9:30am -11am, Hudson River Park, Village of Green Island. Help clean up the Hudson River! Sponsored by the Village of Green Island and members of the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County. Sign up today!

Join the Village of Green Island, Stormwater Coalition of Albany County, and Riverkeeper for a Hudson River shoreline cleanup at Hudson River Park for the 11th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep.

Volunteers will meet at the North end of River Park (200 Hudson Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183) near the intersection of Hudson Ave and Tibbits Ave. Parking is available in the former Ford’s Parking Lot – 75 Tibbits Avenue, Green Island, NY 12183

We ask all Sweep volunteers to also bring a hat, sunscreen, a full reusable water bottle, and a face mask, work gloves and hand sanitizer. 

This site is suitable for elementary-aged children with adult supervision.

Questions? Contact Riverkeeper at sweep@riverkeeper.org or Maggie at Maggie.Alix@villageofgreenisland.com.

*IMPORTANT! To ensure the safety of volunteers, Sweep Site Leaders, park staff, and our communities, we ask that volunteers adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Volunteers are required to pre-register for Sweep, and bring their own masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, and water.
  • All participants and Sweep Leaders from different households must wear masks when closer than 3-6 ft from one another.
  • Sweep Leaders should maintain a distance of 15 feet and wear masks when providing announcements to volunteers.
  • 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.

Register for the Sweep here: https://app.mobilecause.com/e/3Vwh2A?vid=rhlp9

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Coalition Board Meeting March 18, 2022, 8:30am-10:00am, Village of Green Island, 19 George St. Public welcome!

The Stormwater Coalition Board of Director’s meeting is Friday, March 18, 2022, 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!

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Coalition Board Meeting January 21, 2022 8:30am – 10:00am Teams videoconference

The Stormwater Coalition Board of Director’s videoconference meeting is Friday, January 21, 2022, 8:30am to 10:00am. If you would like to access the meeting, contact swcoalition@albanycounty.com. The public is invited, agenda here.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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