Stormwater Information

What Is Stormwater Pollution?

Water from rain and melting snow that flows over lawns, parking lots and streets is known as stormwater runoff. This water, which travels along gutters, into catch basins and through storm drain pipes and ditches, usually is not treated, but then flows or is discharged into local waterbodies. Along the way, the stormwater picks up trash (fast-food wrappers, cigarette butts, styrofoam cups, etc.) and toxins and other pollutants (gas, motor oil, antifreeze, fertilizers, pesticides and pet droppings). This polluted stormwater can kill fish and other wildlife, destroy wildlife habitat, contaminate drinking water sources and force the closing of beaches because of health threats to swimmers.

Human activity is largely responsible for the stormwater pollution. Everything that we put on the ground or into the storm drain can end up in our water. Each of us has a responsibility to make sure these contaminants stay out of our water. Whether we have clean water is up to you.

How does the Borough of Fair Lawn address stormwater pollution? The Borough of Fair Lawn addresses stormwater pollution through the passage of ordinances, maintenance of municipal stormwater structures and facilities, and thorough review of development applications.

Below are the links to the Borough’s Stormwater Ordinance, Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan, Municipal Stormwater Management Plan and additional stormwater informational links:

Clean Water New Jersey Website

New Jersey Storm Water Website

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Municipal Stormwater Management Plan

Storm Outflow Map 2023 – GIS

Stormwater Infrastructure Map 2023 - GIS

**Maps are still under development

Local Ordinances:

Stormwater Control Management – Chapter 125 Land Development Article V Section 125-53

Privately Owned Salt Storage – Chapter 125 Land Development Section 125-53A

Tree Removal and Replacement – Chapter 125 Land Development Section 125-45

Feeding of Wildlife – Chapter 62 Article IV Section 62.25

Private Storm Drain Inlet  - Chapter 125 Article V Section 125-53 L

Illicit Connection –  Chapter 189 Section 189-7

Refuse Containers and Dumpsters – Chapter 125 Article V Section 125-53 K

Yard Waste – Chapter 204 Article II Section 204-20 B

Discarding garbage, refuse or waste into waters or public places – Chapter 162, Section: 162-4

Refuse or animal matter – Chapter 162, Section: 162-5

Regulation of dogs – Chapter 62, Section: 62-10D

Littering – Chapter 140