About Our Work
"SWIM Coalition is a leading voice in ensuring that all NYC waters achieve the Clean Water Act goals of fishable and swimmable. Addressing water quality issues and advocating for lasting solutions to our over burdened sewer systems requires both the time and expertise that SWIM has continually provided for numerous waterfront communities, since its founding.
Given the ongoing (20 billion gallons a year) CSO problem and increasing precipitation levels, Storm Water Infrastructure Matters just as much now as ever before." -Willis Elkins, Executive Director, Newtown Creek Alliance
Image: Coney Island fishing, Betty Tsang
Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) is a coalition dedicated to ensuring swimmable and fishable waters around New York City through natural, sustainable stormwater management practices – called green infrastructure – in our neighborhoods. This approach is environmentally and fiscally responsible because it utilizes stormwater, currently viewed as waste, as a resource.
SWIM Coalition member organizations endorse a truly sustainable view of watershed management, one that restores ecological systems, creates local economic opportunities and equitably distributes the benefits of green infrastructure (GI).
How We Work
SWIM affects change through policy, education, outreach, and monitoring. We ensure timely dissemination of important water-quality related information to members and waterway stakeholders through our website and communications, review and analyze complex legal documents and processes, create easy-to-understand digests and fact sheets, and meet with waterway stewards and policymakers regarding sustainable water-quality improvement practices and policies.
Through our public meetings and Clean Water Steward community workshops, we provide a city-wide forum for New Yorkers to share their stories, information, and concerns regarding our local waterways. We also host academic, arts, and civic organizations, invited guest speakers, and government agencies to present new programs and initiatives at our quarterly public meetings.
All are welcome to attend our public meetings. If you have an idea or would like to suggest an agenda item, please contact us.
SWIM informs and empowers community stakeholders
Sharing accurate information and timely educational tools with the public and among our member organizations.
Empowering the public as local partners in design, planning, and long-term stewardship of our local waterbodies.
Fostering a meaningful public participation process for water quality planning, Clean Water Act and other public program implementation, post-construction monitoring and maintenance.
SWIM effects change through policy
Creating incentives for green infrastructure on private properties and ensure that existing incentives are accessible and effective.
Advocating for policies and regulations that advance sustainable stormwater management.
SWIM analyzes policies and monitors implementation
Tracking implementation of public water quality improvement programs, like the CSO Long Term Control Plans (LTCPs) and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) permit.
Analyzing public policies on water quality improvement and interpreting technical language into layperson’s language for easier access by community stakeholders.