Non-Street Drainage and Ponds:

The Department of Public Works is responsible for the maintenance of ____ public storm water control features, ______ LF of storm sewer pipe (not in the right of way) and _____ catch basin (not in the right of way).

The town’s responsibility is primarily to ensure the proper detention and retention of storm water and the conveyance of runoff to mitigate the potential for flooding. Blockages due to trees down in creeks and streams and debris on catch basins is the most common issue, especially after wind events and in the fall and spring.  The Town is responsible for the functionality of a storm water feature (I.E. Pond) only and not aesthetic issues. These include but are not limited to geese infiltration, algae growth and subsurface grass blooms. Furthermore, erosion is a natural occurrence and the town will not correct these issues unless it is compromising a utility, public infrastructure or other structure.

Other storm water facilitates located within the County or NYS right-of-way are maintained by the respective agencies. Except for roadway drainage structures, drainage facilities may or may not be located on town-owned land or are under an easement to the town. Where there is no easement, the town will require one or at a minimum a work release will need to be granted prior to completing any work.

General activities associated with managing off right-of-way drainage facilities includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Cleaning drainage ditches, removing debris from streams or creeks
  • Stream bank stabilization or reinforcement when appropriate
  • Addressing drainage complaints
  • General maintenance of regional detention /retention facilities to ensure that storage and flow is not impeded
  • Raise and lower water levels in ponds, as required for function

Homeowners can assist by taking the following steps:

  • Keep gutters and downspouts clean. 
  • Clean up any sand or gravel you may have used for traction on winter ice. This will help keep culverts and storm sewers clear for downstream waters. 
  • Driveway pipes, culverts and catch basins should be kept clear of yard waste or garbage.
  • Rake up any accumulation of leaves or debris. 
  • Remove anything that has the potential for clogging up the system, such as a child’s ball, recycling items such as milk jugs, etc. 
  • Swales should be kept clear to allow water to drain. Do not plant flowers or trees in drainage areas and do not spread grass clippings in the swale areas.

Questions or concerns regarding drainage should be directed to the Highway Department at (585) 889-2630.