Stormwater Management & Report

Pursuant to a permit obtained from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Village has implemented a stormwater management program to reduce the impact on our tidal and freshwater wetlands from stormwater runoff. A major component of this program is the reduction of pollutants, such as pathogen containing pet wastes, trash, petroleum products, and nutrients and toxins found in lawn care and gardening products from being discarded into or from leaching into the Village's drainage systems. Also, feeding geese and encouraging them to become "year-around residents" creates a mess on our lawns, athletic fields and golf courses and contributes pollution to our ponds and bays.

To meet the program goals, the Village is asking residents to get involved and help.  By being careful with waste disposal, chemical use, cleaning up after our pets and not feeding waterfowl, we can reduce the impairments of the receiving waters and improve the aesthetics of the community.


How to be in Compliance
If your project will disturb one acre or more of ground, site owners and/or operators are required to:

  • Develop a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) and follow it.  The SWPPP is the plan for controlling runoff and pollutants from a site during and after construction.

  • Once a SWPPP is prepared, you must file a NOI (Notice of Intent) with the DEC to obtain a Storm Water General Permit from the NYSDEC.  You can obtain help from the NYSDEC or your County Soil and Water Conservation District about permit requirements.  You can also visit the NYSDEC website for detailed storm water information at

NOTE - It could take up to 60 business days to get a permit, but often only takes 5 business days.  Plan ahead!

  • Certify, under penalty of law, to follow the SWPPP.  Land owners and contractor must sign a statement that they understand and agree to comply with the terms and conditions of the SWPPP.

  • Have a qualified professional perform inspections after 1/2 inch of rain, as well as weekly, to determine compliance with water quality standards and adherence to the SWPPP as specified in the permit.  See the NYSDEC website for more information.

  • Maintain erosion and sediment control practices and update the SWPPP regularly.

  • install permanent stormwater management practices.

  • Keep all SWPPP and inspection forms in a logbook on the construction site.

  • If you begin construction before filing a NOI and obtaining coverage, you may be subject to a penalty of up to $37,500 per violation per day.

What Contractors Can Do at the Site
Soil erosion prevention and sediment control:

  • Minimize the area of exposed soil on-site:  Plan the project in stages if possible; seed and mulch disturbed areas with permanent or temporary groundcover immediately upon reaching final grade; see or cover stockpiles that will not be used immediately.

  • Reduce the velocity of stormwater:  Use ESC practices such as vegetated buffers and check dams to slow down storm water as it travels across and away from the project site; don't use silt fences or other types of perimeter filters to reduce the velocity of runoff and never install them in streams or ditches.

  • Keep sediment on-site:  Maintain a minimum 50-foot length of clean stone at access points to accommodate large vehicles; sweep the construction entrance road often to prevent soil and debris from entering storm drains; do not hose paved areas; use temporary sediment traps and basins with other permanent measures to retain sediment.

  • Divert clean water from disturbed soil:  Use interceptors and diversion structures to direct flow away from exposed areas toward stable portions of the site.

  • Maintain all ESC practices to ensure their effectiveness during the life of the project:  Regularly remove collected sediment from silt fences, berms, traps, and other practices; maintain sediment controls that protect sensitive areas such as diversion structures and silt fences; keep geotextiles and mulch in place until vegetation is well established.

For more information please visit the New York Sate Department of Environmental Conservation website or call the Nassau County SWCD at (516) 292-5069.

Stormwater Report
This Draft Stormwater Management Report is the Village's 17th Annual reporting on our MS4 Stormwater Management Plan to the NYS DEC.  It covers the period from March 10, 2019 through March 9, 2020.  Public comments are requested and should be submitted by May 23rd to be included as part of the Report.  Comments can be written via U.S. mail to: Board of Trustees, Village of Great Neck Plaza, 2 Gussack Plaza, P.O. Box 440, Great Neck, NY 11022; faxed to us via facsimile at 516-482-3503 or emailed to