Storm Water

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.

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Boater’s Guide to No-Discharge Zones and 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.

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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.

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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.

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Annual Reports

Storm Water Brochures

Patchogue Bay Water Quality

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After The Storm

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Keeping Our Waters Clean

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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.

Theoretical Background Documentation User's Guide with Case Studies

MOST provides communities with the ability to assess the utility of green infrastructure practices as part of a larger Integrated Water Resources Management strategy.

Helpful Information and tips

What is storm water pollution?

Anything that gets in the path of a raindrop becomes storm water pollution. Another name for storm water pollution is non-point source pollution.

How is storm water pollution a problem?

Every time it rains, storm water is carried directly to our surface waters. That means that means storm water pollution can have detrimental effects to creeks, lakes, ponds, rivers and the oceans into which drains.

What types of pollutants are in storm water pollution?

Storm water can carry sediment, trash, automotive fluids like used oil and antifreeze, grass clippings, leaves, yard waste, excess fertilizers, animal waste, pesticides and anything else that gets in the way.

What can citizens do to prevent storm water pollution?

There are several things citizens can do to prevent storm water pollution.

Household Hazardous Waste

Never dump anything down a storm drain. All storm drains flow directly to creeks and labels.

Take used oil, paint and other household hazardous waste to recycling centers

Check your car for oil or other leaks.

Animal Waste

Pick up after your pets. Dispose of animal waste properly in a trash receptacle or flush it down the toilet.

Lawn Care

Apply fertilizers and pesticides exactly where you want them. Avoid over spraying them into sidewalks, driveways or streets.

Reduce the amount of fertilizers you need to apply by testing the soil in your yard first.

Reducing Runoff

Adjunct sprinklers so that you're not watering the street or sidewalk.

Take your car to a car wash instead of washing it in your driveway.

Yard Waste

Sweep up yard debris instead of washing it away.

Use a compost bin to turn yard waste into a useful gardening product.


Replant bare areas to avoid soil erosion.

Keep invasive plants from growing in your yard. Remove them before they have a chance to grow and spread.

Avoid planting exotic plants. Select only plants that are native to this area.


Report spills, dumping or suspected water pollution to the Village.

Clear clogged storm drains. Blocked drains cause drainage problems.

Participate in community wide clean up days and other events.

Alert neighbors to the storm water pollution problem.