Town of Shelter Island
Shelter Island, New York
MS4 Committee Members:        MS4 Meets on Mondays at 3PM 
Councilman Jim Colligan
Laury Dowd, Town Attorney
Jay Card, Highway Superintendent
J. Chris Tehan, Building Inspector
 John Colby-Village of Dering Harbor Representative
 2017 Meeting Dates

1/23, 2/28, 3/13, 4/10, 5/15, 6/12,7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/16, 11/13, 12/11

  2017 Meeting Minutes
     * March 13, 2017
 for more information. 

Interested in learning more you can download free outreach materials on our website including a tri fold, coloring book, watershed poster, crossword...


  Credit to Nassau SWCD and NYSDEC with producing the film

  Do you know where your drinking water comes from?



What is an "illicit discharge"?

An illicit discharge is any discharge to a road drain, pond or creek that is not composed entirely of stormwater.

An illicit discharge could be:


someone dumping or dropping a pollutant (automobile fluids, paint etc) into a road drain or a creek;


an illicit connection into the conveyance system, like a sewer pipe connected to a road drain; or


a pipe that bypasses the septic system and directly discharges into a creek or bay.

Click here for more information on what is an illicit discharge.

If you see something you think may be an illicit discharge, you should call the town’s Stormwater Officer at 749-0772.

How does the Town handle these cases?The Town has a program for responding to calls, whether on the weekends or during the day or night. If you want to know more, click here.

I’ve heard about Stormwater Best Management Practices? What does that mean and why should I care?

Stormwater can pick up pollution as it runs across the ground and roads, and carries those pollutants to our creeks, bays and the underground aquifer which is our drinking water. The pollutions harms the shellfish, can contribute to brown tide, and hurt your health.


There are steps each person can take to prevent this pollution. For more information, click here.

 Can I get some specific information about stormwater runoff on Shelter Island?

The Town of Shelter Island and Village of Dering Harbor are preparing a Stormwater Management Study. So far, the Inventory of the current issues, policies and laws has been prepared. The next steps are to come up with solutions for problems, together with a way to prioritize and find funding to implement the solutions.

Click here to take a look at the Inventory.

  I’ve heard talk about an MS4 Committee? What does that mean and what do they do?

A number of town officials meet regularly to discuss stormwater issues (also referred to as MS4 pursuant to the federal/state legislation that requires the town to deal with stormwater issues).

Minutes of the meetings are available below.
    Minutes of the Meetings 2016
       January 11, 2016
       February 8, 2016
       March 14, 2016
        May 9, 2016

       August 8, 2016
     Minutes 2017

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