Town Of Whitestown
 Stormwater Management 

Characteristics of the MS4

Numerous features of the natural landscape trap runoff and allow rainwater to filter into the ground. Wetlands and ponds can retain significant volumes of water; forests and grasslands absorb water freely. These natural features remove pollutants and slow the rate of surface runoff. Land development often eliminates features that moderate stormwater runoff, may expose soil to erosion, and may exacerbate other negative impacts. It is, therefore, important for the MS4 to inventory, evaluate and characterize the natural, land use and development characteristics of the area. This characterization helps to establish a realistic stormwater management programs whose goal is to maintain pre-development runoff conditions.

Watersheds and Receiving Waterbodies:
  • MS4 Watersheds:
    • Sauquoit Creek Watershed
    • Oriskany Creek Watershed
    • Upper Mohawk River watershed


  • Primary Receiving Waterbodies:
    • Sauquoit Creek
Maps of the MS4 Area:
MS4 Boundary Map (PDF - 259.4 KB)
Population Characteristics:
Within Town (Excluding Villages)
Total Population 18,635 
Population Density 685/sq mi 
Number of Households 7936 
Total Area 27  sq mi 
Development and Land Use Characteristics:

The Town of Whitestown is located in the Mohawk River Valley northwest of and adjacent to the City of Utica.  The Town is primarily residential in nature although some commercial development exists. 


The Town includes the Villages of Whitesboro, Oriskany, Yorkville and part of New York Mills which are regulated separately by the State as MS4s. Various school districts are also located within the Town including the Whitesboro School District with a high school, junior high school and four elementary buildings. Smaller sections of the Town are served by the Oriskany Central School District, Westmoreland Central School District, and the New York Mills Union Free School District.