In the broadest sense, how the community will address pollutants of concern and specific areas of concern is accomplished through the Stormwater Management Program Plan as outlined within this website. More specifically, to address these issues it is necessary for the MS4 to undertake several critical stormwater management tasks such as, but not limited to: defining community goals for stormwater management practices; tailoring local laws to meet stormwater management goals and objectives; supporting land use planning and decision making to accomplish the best methods for managing stormwater in developed or developing areas; providing for community education and public participation, and managing municipal operations in a way to reduce pollutants in stormwater.
To assist regulated communities in accomplishing all necessary tasks associated with stormwater management, New York State has required MS4s to meet specific components within six Minimum Measures. For each Minimum Measure, the MS4 must set goals and select specific activities that will reduce pollutants of concern to the maximum extent practicable. Specific elements associated with these six Minimum Control Measures are described further in the website under the headings of: