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 Basin
    • Oriskany Creek Basin
    • Mohawk River Basin
  • Primary Receiving Waterbodies:
    • Sauquoit Creek
    • Oriskany Creek
    • Tributaries to the Mohawk River
Maps of the MS4 Area:
Oneida Co MS4 Area (PDF - 3.1 MB)
Population Characteristics:

The 2010 Census has calculated the population of Oneida County at 234,878.  Compared to the 2000 Census (235,469), there has been a slight decrease in total population (-0.3%).  Only the Utica Urban Area (with adjoining municipalities) has been designated as a regulated MS4 area within the County.  The regulated MS4 area incorporates approximately 4% of the total land area in the County.

Development and Land Use Characteristics:
The regulated MS4 area associated with the Oneida County Department of Public Works actually includes much less than 4% of the total land area within the county.  The areas of concern for the DPW involve only stormwater systems on County building campuses and along County road segments that are within the MS4 designated area.  Development activities would also be limited to County projects within these areas.