The Town of Tonawanda is classified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Phase II rule as an operator of a small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) based on our population and urban character. Subsequently, we are required to develop and implement a stormwater management program. Here in Western New York, similar communities have formed a WNY Stormwater Coalition which is coordinated by the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, Environmental Compliance division.

The Town of Tonawanda was awarded the 2018 Public Works Project of the Year by the APWA for the Lincoln Park Green Infrastructure Project. The project included a rain garden to alleviate stormwater, as well as a trail connecting to the Tonawanda Rails to Trails.

Award for Lincoln Park

To read more about the award winning project, click the link below:

pdf Lincoln Park Green Infrastructure

The coalition works together in the WNY community to share resources and reduce the negative impacts of stormwater pollution. Most recently the Town of Tonawanda and art students from Kenmore East High School colaberated to paint a few local stormwater drains throughout Kenmore-Tonawanda. Please feel free to watch the video below:

Quick Facts
  • MS4 Name: Town of Tonawanda
  • Located in County of: Erie
  • General Permit Number: NYR20A468

Type II 24 Hour Storm Event Summary 
Town of Tonawanda, NY is 11,990 acres
Rainfall Event Precipitation (In) Water Volume (CF) MGallons No. of AFC Pools*
1 year 2.10 91,399,770 684 1,046
10 year 3.50 152,332,950 1,139 1,744
100 year 4.90 213,266,130 1,595 2,442

* Aquatic Center Main Pool Volume = 653,340 gallons 
Stormwater Permit Review & Construction Inspection Fees
Refer to Technical Support Fee Schedule

David T. Decker
Senior Engineer Assistant / Stormwater Management Officer

2919 Delaware Ave.
Municipal Building, Room 20
Kenmore, NY  14217

Ph: (716) 877-8805
Fx: (716) 871-8841

        2018 RAIN BARREL & COMPOST BIN SALE IS UNDERWAY - Click HERE for more information

  folder Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewers (MS4s) Annual Reports

pdf 2020 Stormwater Report

pdf 2019 Stormwater Management Plan

 Stormwater Brochures and Manuals


Another successful Eagle project managed by eagle scout Max Surdyk, here in the Town of Tonawanda. The project was to install Stormwater Markers located on the receivers on the roadway (curb lane) for public education. Max and his crew installed 400 markers from Sheridan Dr. and Niagara Falls Blvd. to Kenmore Ave. This was a great project to help remind the public not to put anything down the stormdrains. Max and his crew did a great job! Thank you again, Max.  

More Information
If you have any questions regarding the Stormwater Phase II Program or would like to comment on the information provided, please contact David Decker at (716) 877-8805.