Irondequoit Bay Slope Vegetation Management Plan

The steep slopes around Irondequoit Bay consist primarily of fine sands and silts of nearly uniform consistency.  This soil composition makes the slopes highly susceptible to erosion.  

Vegetation reduces the occurrence of erosion and failure by holding the soil particles in place with its roots as storm water runs off along the surface.

The Slope Vegetation Management Plan is a strategy to use the best environmental management practices to help prevent slope erosion and failure.  

In the past, unstable slopes were stabilized reactively after they failed.  This is a complicated and expensive solution.  

In 2006, the Town received a grant from the Lake Ontario Coastal Initiative to create a plan to prevent failures before they occur, noting that prevention is cheaper than remediation. The Irondequoit Bay Slope Vegetation Management Plan is thus a proactive approach to preserving one of Irondequoit’s unique environmental resources.   


Stormwater Management Ordinances


Beginning in December 2007, the Town of Irondequoit adopted new local laws governing the managment of stormwater.  These ordinances are designed to provide Town government, developers, and residents with the tools and techniques necessary to protect our properties and watersheds, as well as enhance and restore our invaluable water resources such as the Bay, Lake, River, and streams. 

Local Law 8-2007:  Design and Management of Post-Construction Stormwater Pollution Prevention Measures.

Local Law 9-2007:  Stormwater Management for Illicit Discharge Connections.

Local Law 10-2007:  Stormwater Management for Construction: Stormwater Prevention and Erosion and Sediment Control. 


Winter Parking Ordinance


Winter Parking Ordinance



WHEN:         November 1 to April 15
Midnight to 9:00 AM
WHY:To make plowing and salting of dedicated Town streets 
safer and more effective 
WHY: To cut the cost of snow removal and save tax dollars 
WHY: To provide improved safety on Town roads 



VIOLATIONS:Fines range from $50-250
Please note: Fines double after 30 days. For more information on Winter Parking Tickets please call the Town Justice Court at 336-6040
Vehicles that must be towed will be towed at owners’ expense.  Please call the Irondequoit Police Department at 585-336-6000 if your vehicle is towed.
LAWN DAMAGE:The Town makes every effort to minimize damage to grass and mail boxes during plowing.  However, it is impossible to completely eliminate these occurrences.  If you have sustained damage to a mail box or would like to report right-of-way turf damage, please call the Department of Public Works at 585-336-6090.

Emerald Ash Borer


More than 40 million ash trees have died or are dying from emerald ash borer beetle attacks in the United States since the beetle's introduction sometime shortly before its discovery in 2002. Early detection of EAB in newly infested trees can prove very difficult, particularly for the lay property or woodland owner as the trees tend to exhibit few, if any, visible external symptoms of infestation. One of the first noticeable signs of infestation is often the presence of unusually abundant uneven holes drilled by woodpeckers as they feed on prepupal larvae. A very clear indication of EAB infestation is the presence of the D-shaped emergence holes chewed through the bark on branches or the trunk by adults when they emerge in the spring. These holes are 1/8 inch (3 mm) in diameter. If the holes are not D-shaped, then they were not caused by EAB (native wood borer emergence holes are round or oval and are much larger, 1/4 inch (6 mm) or larger).

Although this beetle has not yet been found in Irondequoit, it has been spotted in Monroe County. The Town of Irondequoit has completed a survey of all ash trees in the Town's right of way. The Town is not planning to take any action at this time but will meet with residents to discuss their ash trees and infestation management. If residents have a concern about their ash tree(s) or think they may be infected, please contact the Department of Public Works at 336-6033.

Street Trees

The Town currently has an in-house program to trim and remove trees from the Town rights-of-way. The current policy is to remove from the rights-of-way only dead or severely damaged trees that pose an imminent threat to life or property.

In the event that a resident would like to plant a replacement tree in the right-of-way, this may be done by first contacting the Bureau of Public Works for assistance with the selection of appropriate species and planting techniques.

If you are interested in your home being considered for the planting of a new street tree in the right-of-way please fill out our Street Tree Request Form.