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Department of Planning

Water & Stormwater

Orange County Water Master Plan

Watershed Planning

A watershed plan is essentially an intermunicipal comprehensive plan that focuses on water resources. Watershed plans are intended to provide a management framework for restoring impaired waterbodies as well as for safeguarding healthy waterbodies. The rationale for watershed management is that if we properly manage activities on land, then we will be protecting water quality.


The Phase II Stormwater Program of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (“NYSDEC”) requires certain municipalities and other entities that operate Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (“MS4s”) to prepare and implement a Stormwater Management Plan. Orange County is considered an MS4 area, subject to these regulations.

In a continual effort to improve the way Orange County handles stormwater, we encourage public involvement and comment on the documents provided above.  Please direct all comments to or (845) 615-3840.

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