The Office of Engineering provides planning, design, construction inspection, construction administration, and project management services for capital improvement projects to City infrastructure including City-owned buildings, streets, sidewalks, bridges, and parks. In addition, the City Engineer is responsible for the issuance of various permits and approvals for construction related activities in the City of Cohoes, for the maintenance of city maps, and for the preparation of special reports (Water Supply Emergency Response Plan which is available in the Engineer’s office). The City Engineer also represent Cohoes on the Albany County Stormwater Coalition Board of Directors, and on the Albany County Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) POOL Communities Corporation Board.

Stormwater Management


The City of Cohoes is a member of the Stormwater Coalition of Albany County.
The Coalition is comprised of 10 municipalities, Albany County, and the University at Albany.  Albany County hosts the Coalition, and the office is located in the Albany County Health Department building at 175 Green Street, Albany, NY.
All members contribute annual dues and as a member we receive Coalition services and implement Clean Water Act mandates collaboratively.

For information about the Coalition, stormwater pollution prevention, and permit activities, go to the Coalition website. Please visit the following links to learn more about Storm Water management in Cohoes:

What You Can Do To Help
General Maintenance Cards 
Storm Water Management Planning 
Storm Water Management Local Laws
Water and Storm Sewer Pollution Prevention 

MS4 Storm Water Program

Small municipal stormwater sewer systems (MS4s) that are located within the boundaries of a Census Bureau defined "urbanized area" are regulated under EPA's Phase II Stormwater Rule. This requires MS4s to develop a stormwater management program that will reduce the amount of pollutants carried by stormwater during storm events to waterbodies to the "maximum extent practicable". The goal of the program is to improve water quality and recreational use of waterways.

MS4 stormwater programs have six elements called minimum control measures (MCM) that when implemented together, are expected to result in a reduction of pollutants discharged into waterbodies.

The City of Cohoes is an MS4 - municipal separate storm sewer system - permitted by NYSDEC. As such Cohoes is responsible for overseeing any change in topography. The City Code Online details the MS4 restrictions and submission requirements for those who would like to alter the topography of land.

In addition, the Department of Code Enforcement accepts telephone complaints about MS4 violations, such as dumping in catch basins or illegal connections.
Please click here to learn more about Cohoes’ MS4 Storm Water Program

Combined Sewer Overflow


In January of 2014, the six Communities (the cities of Albany, Troy, Cohoes, Rensselaer, Watervliet, and the Village of Green Island), the Albany County Sewer District, and the Rensselaer County Sewer District executed an Order on Consent administered by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) and the Department accepted the Pool’s 15-year Long Term Control Plan. Through this Plan, the Pool will implement more than 50 projects and programs that will significantly improve the water quality of the Hudson River and its tributaries. A copy of this plan and supporting materials is available here.