Joint SWMP Annual Evaluation (April 2023) – Stormwater Coalition of Albany County, NY – Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) – Joint Annual Evaluation (April, 2023)

This Joint Annual Evaluation describes for each Coalition member their progress meeting annual goals, future goals, and Best Management Practices (BMPs) associated with protecting water quality.  These Best Management Practices link directly to MS4 Permit requirements. 

Additional program information is available below and by contacting Coalition members directly. See Member pages for contact information.

Comments pertaining to this Annual Evaluation and program initiatives in general can be submitted using the Public Comment portal.


Joint SWMP Annual Evaluation (April 2022) –  Stormwater Coalition of Albany County, NY  –  Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) – Annual Evaluation (April, 2022)

Joint SWMP Annual Evaluation (April, 2021)  – Joint Annual Evaluation (April, 2021)

Joint SWMP Annual Evaluation (April, 2020)  Joint Annual Evaluation (April/June, 2020)




Activities and Best Management Practices (BMPs)



Mapping Guidance

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 

Outfall and System Mapping For Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination (IDDE) in NY – downloaded from NYSDEC FTP Site in 2005

Coalition Mapping – What to Map and How to Map

Stormwater Coalition – What is an MS4 outfall?  Analysis, Diagrams, Questions, and Guidance (compiled June, 2021) 

Storm Sewershed Delineations and WinSLAMM Modeling – Methods and Software Explained (Stormwater Coalition of Albany County January, 2018, Powerpoint Presentation)

Storm System Mapping Project Final Report- December, 2013



The Stormwater Regulations and Future MS4 Permit – for Officials/Management/Others

Presentation Handout – Powerpoint – SW Regs and Future MS4 Permit (2020)

The Stormwater Regulations-Pollution Prevention Practices for Field Workers

Presentation Handout (2020)-Powerpoint-SW Regs and Pollution Prevention

Training Topic: Clean Water Act Basics 



2016_3-3  WatervlietCWABasicsPPT_FINAL


Presentation Handouts (2016):

SPDES Permits Concept Map

Albany County SPDES Permits_1980_2011_9Dec2011

EXCERPTS: “TOGS” NYSDEC Division of Water Tech-Oper-Guid Series 1.4.2 (June 24, 2010) Compliance and Enforcement of SPDES Permits


Albany County, NY Stream Classifications Map (2016) 11 x 17

Albany County, NY Waterbody Inventory Priority Waterbody List Map (2016) 11 x 17

CohoesCres-BushKill Watershed Map (2015) 11 x 17

Delmar Watershed Map_2015_11x17

DryRiver Watershed Map_2015_11x17




Target Audience Analysis Worksheet

Target Audience Analysis Worksheet – 11 x 17  (March, 2016 Release)

Map 1_County Boundaries – Rivers – Aerial Imagery (2016) 

Map 2_County Boundaries – Watershed Boundaries (2016)

Map 3_Albany County – Watersheds & Sub-Watersheds (2016) 

Map 4_Albany County – UAlbany Ms4 Jurisdictional Area (2016)

Map 5_Albany County – Stream Classifications -in MS4 Area (2016)

Map 6_Albany County – Priority & 303d Impaired Water Segments -in MS4 Area (2016) 


School Programs   

Your Creek Lesson Plan


Public Programs 


Green Infrastructure Tour – September 24, 2013

Green Infrastructure Workshop-January 31, 2012

Green Infrastructure Workshop-December 7, 2010

Porous Pavement Workshop – June 29, 2010

Facility Audit Program – March 3, 2011

Water Quality Report Card for the Krumkill Watershed – Feruary 18, 2010



MS4 Permit Annual Report

Joint MS4 Permit Annual Report 


Volunteer Stream Monitoring

The Coalition implements a volunteer stream monitoring program based on the NYSDEC WAVE monitoring protocol. For information about WAVE click here.  

Coalition WAVE Program 

Coalition Monitoring – Plan (2015 to 2017)

Shaker Creek Coalition Member WAVE Training – August 12, 2014 

Volunteer Event Flyers, Photos, and Results 

Volunteer Stream Monitoring – Shaker Creek – Get Your Feet Wet!  2022 WAVE Flyer

Volunteer Stream Monitoring – Get Your Feet Wet! 2019 WAVE Flyer

Lisha Kill WAVE Monitoring Photos and Results – August 9, 2018

Salt Kill WAVE Monitoring Photos and Results – August 14, 2018

Vly Creek WAVE Monitoring Photos and Results – August 16, 2018 (upstream)

Vly Creek WAVE Monitoring Photos and Results – August 16, 2018 (downstream)

NYSDEC WAVE-Water Assessment by Volunteer Evaluators  

Coalition WAVE data is included in the NYSDEC statewide interactive mapper here.

Interpreting Stream Monitoring Results – 3 Categories

No Known Impact: The stream is healthy in that there are no observed impact to aquatic life. This assessment is high quality and may be used for state and federal reporting purposes.

Possibly Impaired: This assessment serves as a red flag for sites that may deserve further investigation at the professional level. So far, we’ve been able to respond to every site that was flagged as possibly impaired.

No Conclusion: Sometimes a sample does not meet either of these criteria: it doesn’t have 6 or more “most wanted” NOR 4 or more “least wanted”. If the sampling was done properly, then the site is probably slightly impacted but not impaired. This can also happen, however, when sampling is performed incorrectly which is why the  NYSDEC records this assessment as “No Conclusion”

Local Coalition WAVE Monitoring Results

Map of Coalition WAVE Monitoring Results (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)


Student Water Quality Related Projects  

University at Albany  SUNY – Student Mapping Projects (2018)

Digitizing Albany County Well and Septic Data-Bamidele Akinniyi

Erie Canal Project-Madison Corbeil

Green Infrastructure Mapping Project-Aneisha Samuels and Huiyan Wang



Dry Weather Outfall Screening (Outfall Reconnaissance Inventory “ORI”) 

NYSDEC Guidance

EPA IDDE Manual by the Center for Watershed Protection and Robert Pitt University of Alabama (October, 2004) – Referenced in NYSDEC MS4 Permit (MCM3)

EPA IDDE Manual by the Center for Watershed Protection and Robert Pitt University at Alabama (October, 2004) – Technical Appendices

Stormwater Coalition Illicit Discharge Detection 

What To Do at a Monitoring Location  

ORI Kits – Reference Document (2023) (Chapter 11 ORI Manual, Dry Weather Conditions and Using Daily Weather Data, ORI Kit Contents, Water Sampling Field Tips, Hanna pH Checker Directions, Levels of Concern Chemical Parameters, Interpreting Foam at a Stream, How to Use Optical Brighteners, Benchmark Concentrations to Identify Industrial Discharges, and Findings and Follow Up Report for Suspect or Obvious Discharges) 

Monitoring Location Inspection Forms

2009 ORI Inspection Form July 10 (MS4 Permit GP-0-15-003)

2019 ORI Inspection Form Survey123 Content (Merge 2009 Form with 2017 Draft MS4 Permit)

2024 Monitoring Location and Sampling Field Sheet (MS4 Permit GP-0-24-001)

Other Guidance

Interpreting Water Chemistry Test Strips-Guidance-AlkenMurrayCorp (website)



SWPPP Review Procedures (Erosion and Sediment Control) 

MS4 Guidance Document-Oversight of Construction Activity Permit (March, 2016) – SWPPP Oversight Forms for MS4s & SWPPP Content Check Lists. Developed by the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County


Construction Site Operator Training-4 Hr Erosion and Sediment Control 

NYSDEC Endorsed 4 Hour Erosion and Sediment Control Online Training- New York State Conservation District Employees” Association, Inc

NYSBA Stormwater Online State Builders Association Stormwater 4-Hour ESC Training Registration Website-Ongoing



SWPPP Review Procedures

Post Construction SWPPP Check List – DRAFT – March 23, 2023. Source: NYS Stormwater Regional Training (as PDF – fillable form)


Green Infrastructure Practices-Local Law Review and Revisions 

Green Infrastructure Model Local Law Summary Report-November, 2013

Stormwater Coalition Scorecard-Local Law Inventory


Post Construction Practices – Long Term Operations and Maintenance (Inspections, Record Keeping, Training, Procedures)  

NYSDEC Maintenance Guidance Stormwater Management Practices (March 31, 2017)

NYSDEC Maintenance Guidance Stormwater Management Practices – Inspection Check Lists (March 31, 2017)




Inventory-Municipal Facilities and Operations 

Monroe County Stormwater Coalition-Guidance to Developing an Effective Municipal Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping Program (Revised October, 2010) 

Assessment-Municipal Facilities and Operations – Other Self Audit Forms  

Stormwater Coalition Self Audit Form – August 19, 2014

Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Guidance Document – Facility Self Audit Form (Appendix C) 

Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Municipal Stormwater Assessment Checklist Revised ’10  (Excel Spreadsheet) from Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Guidance Document

Facility Self Audit Form Adapted From LA County Documents

Potential Pollutants Likely Associated with Fixed Facility Activities (Table 1) from Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Guidance Document (2010).

Activities: Building Grounds Maintenance and Repair; Parking/Storage Area Maintenance; Vehicle and Equipment Fueling, Maintenance, Repair, Washing, Steaming, and Cleaning; Outdoor Container Storage of Liquids and Raw Materials; Outdoor Process Equipement; Over Water Activities; Landscape Maintenance

Field Program Activities and Associated Potential Pollutants (Table 2) from Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Guidance Document (2010).

Program Activities: Roads, Streets, Highway Operations; Plaza, Sidewalk, and Parking Lot Maintenance; Fountains, Pools, Lakes, and Pond Maintenance; Landscape Maintenance; Drainage System Operation and Maintenance; Waste Handling andn Disposal; Water and Sewer Utility Operation and Maintenance

BMP Summary Sheet (Blank) from Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Guidance Document (2010)


Best Management Practices for Municipal Operations

Monroe County Stormwater Coalition Guidance Document (2010): Category of Municipal Operations: Municipal Building Maintenance 

Outdoor Container Storage

Outdoor Loading and Unloading

Plaza and Sidewalk Cleaning

Spill Prevention Control and Clean Up


Category of Municipal Operations: Parks and Open Space Maintenance 

Pet Waste Collection

Fountain and Pool Maintenance

Lakes, Ponds, and Lagoons Maintenance

Landscape Maintenance

Outdoor Storage of Raw Materials


Category of Municipal Operations: Solid Waste Management                  

Chemical Hazardous Waste

Illegal Dumping and Litter Control

Run On/Run Off Prevention

Waste Collection


Category of Municipal Operations: Storm System Maintenance             

Storm Sewer Conveyance System

Catch Basins and Inlet Structures

Open Channel and Ditch Maintenance


Category of Municipal Operations: Street and Bridge Maintenance       

Bridge Repair Work

Graffitti Removal

Paint and Paint Removal

Road Salt Application

Roadway Patching, Sealing, and Re-Sealing

Street Sweeping

Unpaved Roads and Trails


Category of Municipal Operations: Vehicle and Fleet Maintenance       

Vehicle and Equipment Repair

Vehicle and Equipment Fueling

Vehicle and Equipment Cleaning


Other Guidance Documents for Municipal Operations

Environmental Handbook for Transportation Operations – New York State Department of Transportation (June, 2011)

Snow Removal: NYSDEC Division of Water Technical and Operational Guidance – 5.1.11  (July 14, 2017) 


Pesticides and Herbicides Local Laws/Guidelines  (Use and Notification)  

Albany County: Resolution 46-a Providing For Increased Protection for Public Health and the Environment from Exposure to Dangerous Pesticides (1998) & Albany County Pest Management Plan (2007)

Albany County: Local Law H Notification Requirements For Commercial and Residential Lawn Pesticide Application (2001) 

City of Albany: Pesticide Use Law (Adopted, 1998; Amended, 2011)

Town of Bethlehem: Local Law 11 Providing for Increased Protection for Public Health, Safety, and the Environment From Exposure to Dangerous Pesticides (1998)


Reliance Upon Third Parties – Contracted Entity Certification Statement 

Contracted Entity Certification Form – fillable