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, both green and grey infrastructure, in our neighborhoods.
We strive to:
Rectify historic injustices and inequitable burdens from water quality polluting infrastructures, through the collective visioning of clean water policies that provide Just Transitions to regenerative systems, including green infrastructure, that adapt to climate change and sea level rise; and
Create the opportunity for the use of New York City’s waters and waterfront for social, educational, and economic benefit of its residents, including environmental justice communities.
Swimmable and fishable waters for all New Yorkers.
Facilitate the implementation of sewage and stormwater runoff pollution reduction/prevention policies, plans, and other strategies to achieve clean, healthy, fishable and swimmable water quality in New York City and the NY Harbor.
Support and advance integrated watershed management strategies for NY Harbor - inclusive of nature-based and green infrastructure solutions - that are sustainable, climate change resilient, and just/equitable in their implementation.
Grow and strengthen a diverse and inclusive New York City/Harbor-wide coalition of community and water-body based advocates and stakeholders to elevate and connect local priorities with network-wide responses.
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.