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:
    • unnamed streams and creeks that flow into the hamlets of Pleasantdale, Speigletown and Hemstreet Park.


  • Primary Receiving Waterbodies:
    • Hudson River
    • Tomhannock Creek
    • Hoosic River
    • The Deep Kill


  • Geographic Areas:

  •            Pleasantdale
  •            Speigletown
  •            Hemstreet Park Neighborhood


Population Characteristics:

Within Municipality  (excluding village)

Total Population7574
Population Density  
Number of Households2660
Land Area
51 sq. miles
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