Informing residents, businesses, and municipal employees about potential water quality impacts that may be caused by polluted stormwater runoff is key to our stormwater program. Below is a list of publications, geared toward the general public, that outline potential impacts from polluted stormwater runoff and/or steps the community can take to reduce those pollutants.
Dog Waste Clean-Up Campaign
Learn how you can greatly improve water quality in Patchogue Bay by picking up after your pets and properly disposing of the waste.
Boater’s Guide to No-Discharge Zones & Pump-Out Facilities
Patchogue Bay, Great South Bay, and the South Shore Estuary Reserve are designated as No Discharge Zones; therefore, overboard discharge of boat sewage into these waters is prohibited. Learn more about No Discharge Zones and boat sewage pump-out facilities available in Patchogue Bay.
Do Not Feed Wild Waterfowl
Waterfowl are wild birds that can locate natural food sources throughout the year. Learn about why supplemental feeding by people is unnecessary and potentially harmful to waterfowl.
Septic System Fact Sheet
Most homes in Patchogue are connected to on-site septic systems (septic tank and/or cesspools) rather than the sanitary sewer system. When nitrogen, phosphorous, and pathogens are discharged from septic systems into groundwater, they represent non-point sources of pollution into our streams and harbors. Learn more about the impacts of septic system on the environment and how to properly care for your septic system.
EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool
The EPA is happy to announce the release of EPA's Watershed Management Optimization Support Tool (WMOST v1) for public distribution.
Most provides communities with the ability to assess the utility of green infrastructure practices as part of a larger Integrated Water Resources Management strategy.