Stormwater Management

View the Mayor's Stormwater Management Letter (PDF)

What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is rainwater or melted snow that runs off streets, lawns and other sites. When stormwater is absorbed into soil, it is filtered and ultimately replenishes aquifers or flows into streams and rivers.

What is Stormwater Management?

Stormwater management is the effort to reduce runoff of rainwater or melted snow into streets, lawns, and other sites, and to improve water quality.  

In developed areas, solid surfaces such as pavement and roofs prevent rain and snow from naturally soaking into the ground. Instead, water runs rapidly into storm drains, sewer systems, and drainage ditches and can cause:

  • Downstream flooding
  • Stream bank erosion
  • Increased turbidity (muddiness created by stirred up sediment) from erosion
  • Habitat destruction of fish, wildlife, and aquatic environments
  • Combined storm and sanitary sewer system overflows
  • Infrastructure damage
  • Threats to public health
  • Contaminated streams, rivers and coastal water

Protecting our Water Supply

The good news is that it's easy for each of us to make simple changes to protect our waters:

  • Never dump oil, yard waste, animal waste, or other litter or pollutants into the road or directly into catch basins.
  • Consider natural and low-maintenance yard plantings and landscaping that will minimize runoff.
  • Preserve the established trees in your neighborhood.
  • Minimize the number of solid surfaces -- such as walkways, patios and asphalt driveways -- on your property.

For additional information, please review the following links:

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (PDF) 

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Appendix MS4 Outfall Pipe Map (PDF) 

Stormwater Management Plan (PDF)

Healthy Lawns Healthy Water (PDF)

Stormwater Ordinances

Ordinance 24-2005: Pet Waste Disposal (PDF)

Ordinance 25-2005: Littering and Yard Waste (PDF)

Ordinance 26-2005: Illicit Connection (PDF)

Ordinance 27-2005: Wildlife Feeding (PDF)

Ordinance 28-2005: Improper Disposal of Waste (PDF)

Ordinance 12-2011: Private Storm Drain Inlet Retrofitting (PDF)

Ordinance 33-2011: Tree Removal (PDF)

Ordinance 2-2021: Stormwater Control (PDF)

Ordinance 21-2023: Privately Owned Salt Storage (PDF)

The Township of Livingston is regulated under New Jersey Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NJPDES) Stormwater Tier A General Permit No: NJ0141852.