On March 10, 2003, the Village of Elmsford began the development of its Stormwater Management Plan, mandated by the United States Department of Environmental Protection and administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The plan requires that the Village make every effort to improve the water quality of its streams, lakes and rivers. The Village must implement six (6) minimum control measures including educating the public, soliciting participation and involvement of the public, detection and elimination of illicit discharges, control of construction site runoff, maintenance and operation of post construction structural Best Management Practices and pollution prevention and good housekeeping at municipal facilities.
As part of the Villages illicit detection, construction and post construction efforts, grants from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were received by a consortium of municipalities and work is underway. The grants provide for development of legislation and implementation of municipal programs to locate, monitor and eliminate illicit discharges, provide training of Village staff to inspect construction sites to insure compliance with stormwater regulations, train contractors to insure compliance with Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans and develop a program to insure that all stormwater related installations are properly maintained in the future.
In 2006 the Village kicked off it's storm drain marking program with the help of the Saw Mill River Coalition and Volunteers from the Alexander Hamilton High School Key Club. Drain Markers were installed alongside storm drain inlets (as seen in the photo at the top of the page) to make people aware that what goes in the drain comes out in the river. Additional markers were installed in 2009 by Americorps Volunteers so that all the drains on the major streets in the Village and around the parks were marked.