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Public Involvement & Participation

Minimum Control Measure #2

 

“Provide opportunities for citizens to participate in the development, implementation, review and revision of the storm water management program. This includes publicizing public hearings and encouraging citizens participate in the storm water management program process.”

Description

The Public Involvement and Participation MCM consists of a set of practices that are focused on getting members of the local community involved in the MS4’s municipal stormwater management program. Compliance with State and local public notice requirements will be maintained whenever public participation is sought or required. These practices are designed to seek public input on the SWMP and Annual Report accomplishments in addition to describing specific activities that encourage public participation. The target audiences for the public involvement program are individuals and groups that may have an interest in participation in the program, as well as the general public.

General Permit Requirements

Comply with State and local public notice requirements when implementing a public involvement / participation program

Provide the opportunity for the public to participate in the development, implementation, review and revision of the SWMP

Identify a Local Stormwater Public Contact

Annual Report Presentation

Record, periodically assess and modify as needed measurable goals

Select and implement appropriate public involvement / participation activities to promote the reduction of pollutants and associated stormwater discharges.

Methodology for Compliance with Permit Requirements

The Stormwater Management Officer, in conjunction with the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council, Canandaigua Lake Watershed Association, Town of Canandaigua Town Board, and the Town of Canandaigua Environmental Conservation Board are responsible for the implementation of this MCM.

- The Town of Canandaigua complies with the State Open Meetings Law when planning the annual report presentation public meetings.  The Town has designated Town Board of Canandaigua meetings to provide the required presentations and venue for public comment.  The Environmental Conservation Board meetings will also provide a venue for public comment.

- The meeting notice is distributed as a press release within the required timeframe and is also posted along with the annual report on the Town of Canandaigua website.

- E-mail contacts are listed on meeting and annual report notices, to allow for public comment. Comments can also be made via e-mail on the Town of Canandaigua website.

- The Town Board sets their meeting schedule at the beginning of every year and releases it to the media as well as posting it on the Town of Canandaigua website.

- The Environmental Conservation Board sets their meeting schedule at the beginning of every year and releases it to the media as well as posting it on the Town of Canandaigua website.

- A Notice of Availability is created and distributed to the media and posted on the Town of Canandaigua website every year which includes all the required information about the annual report, annual report presentation public meeting, and how and when to comment.

- The Town of Canandaigua SWMP will also be permanently posted on the Town of Canandaigua website, Stormwater webpage. It will be replaced as it is modified.

- Archival versions will be on file in the Town of Canandaigua Code Enforcement Office.

- The Town of Canandaigua has coordinated efforts with local watershed groups for beautification projects and cleanup days.

 


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