At the Town Board meeting on Wednesday, May 9, officials heard the annual report on the Town’s regulated Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) program. Presented by MS4 Coordinator JoAnne Daley, the report was presented to the Board in advance of submission to Dutchess County by June 1. The MS4 report details Pawling’s efforts over the past year in the areas of education and outreach, public involvement and participation, discharge detection and elimination, construction runoff control, and pollution prevention.
In the area of public education and outreach, an effort to implement a billboard campaign began this year. An appeal was sent to schools across Dutchess County seeking student artists to submit designs for three informational billboards to be placed in high traffic areas throughout the county. The Dutchess County Transportation Department will then install meters to document traffic flow and measure the billboards’ effectiveness in raising public awareness about storm sewers and water quality.
In conjunction with the Dutchess County Soil and Water MS4 Implementation Committee, Pawling will also be participating in a free assessment of the health of area trees. Pawling Buildings and Ground Supervisor Wendel Weber suggested that this assessment be conducted on area waterfronts, as well as on the Dutcher Golf Course. This assessment would come at no cost to the Town, and would also facilitate applications for possible environmental related grant money in the future.
The preparation of the MS4 storm water management report is an ongoing process throughout the year, coordinated between JoAnne Daley and representatives from the Building, Highway, and Buildings and Grounds departments. The Town Board praised Daley’s efforts in not only preparing the report, but also her exemplary work in community outreach and educational programs for the community youths, including stream management and water barrels.
Daley expressed interest in coordinating with the Village of Pawling to organize a local cleanup day. Town officials also announced a partnership with Christ Church on Quaker Hill for an additional cleanup effort in the Town’s parks, set for Saturday, June 23.
A copy of the 2018 MS4 Annual Report can be found at Pawling.org/Pages/Index online – just click on “Departments” and “Stormwater MS4.”
The next Town Board meeting will be held Wednesday, June 6 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall, 160 Charles Colman Blvd.