Extra Information regarding project:
Victor Storm Drain Labeling Project March 2011
The following provides information about this project:
What is a storm drain? A storm drain system is a network of underground pipes or open ditches designed to control flooding by transporting rain water and snow melt to a local natural water body. A storm drain system may include curbs, gutters, and culverts. The water is NOT treated as with sanitary or combined sewers.
Why label storm drains? In our community, stormwater runoff is the source of 80% of our water pollution. A storm drain label is a great way to make people aware of non-point sources of pollution and their responsibility for the environment. Urban areas are required under the Federal EPA and NYSDEC Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) programs to conduct a public outreach program, such as, labeling storm drains and establishing Adopt-A-Stream program.
What is non-point source pollution? This is pollution from a wide variety of activities that is difficult to measure and identify the original source. It consists of runoff from agriculture, residential lawns, parking lots, roofs, roads and careless disposal of material dumped into storm drains. Along the way, water picks up motor oil, fertilizers, trash, spa and pool chemicals, antifreeze, pesticides and herbicides and pet waste, and discharges all into local streams with no treatment. This causes harm to aquatic life, adds to the expense of water treatment, introduces undesirable aquatic species and reduces the recreational value of natural water bodies.
Who is sponsoring the project? The Village and Town of Victor and coordinated by the Victor Sustainability Advisory Committee (Green Team). Material is provided by the Village and Town and the Ontario-Wayne Stormwater Coalition (OWSC).
Contacts: John Francis Victor Sustainability Advisory Committee 924-9448
Ken Wilson Victor Deputy Water Superintendent 924-5145 x 2214
John Turner Village Director of Public Works 924-2004
Who is labeling the drains? Any concerned environmental groups from schools, scouts, and community organizations. It is an opportunity for local environmental groups, scouts and school groups to engage in community service and fulfill advancement and leadership requirements (i.e.: Eagle project).
What are participant requirements?
1. Select a group leader who will meet first with John Francis
a. Group leader will scout the area to be labeled and determine the approximate number of storm drains.
b. Labeling will be for the curb drains only
c. No labeling will be done on private property or permission must be granted (parking lots, driveways, lawns, right of ways)
d. Emphasis on safety
2. Select a group adult chaperone (list will be available) if required. Adults will accompany groups for traffic safety .
3. Wear brightly colored clothes and safety vest. Vests, flags and cones are available at the Town Highway Dept. (924-3323, check with C. Haines).
4. Pick up material at the Village DPW or Town Water Dept., learn the application requirements and finalize the area of labeling.
5. The event involves cleaning the label location, its application and distributing to residents/businesses brochures and door-hanger public information.
6. Complete a short final report for record keeping (persons involved, dates, areas labeled). Town/Village officials must report yearly on MS4 progress.