from rain and melting snow which is conveyed over impervious surfaces
such as rooftops, streets, and sidewalks. Rather than being absorbed into the
ground, much of the stormwater in New York City flows over impervious
surfaces into roof drains or catch basins in the streets, and from there into the sewers. These impervious surfaces cover approximately 72% of New York City’s 305 square miles in land area and generate a significant amount of stormwater. Stormwater can pose challenges to the City in the form of combined sewer overflows and flooding. This section describes how stormwater is conveyed through the City, the challenges it creates, and what the City is doing overcome them.