Stormwater Quality & Information

Stormwater Quality Information

What is stormwater runoff?

When water falls to the earth as rain, snow or ice, most of it seeps into the ground. If the ground is frozen or saturated with water, the excess water flows over land creating stormwater runoff.

Also, rain and melted snow and ice on hard surfaces, so as roads, buildings, parking lots, and sidewalks, has nowhere to go except flow downhill to a street, storm drain, or nearby creek.

Why is stormwater runoff a concern?

Stormwater runoff is directed into storm drains that flow directly into local streams, rivers, and lakes carrying pollutants from the ground and hard surfaces. These pollutants include oil and grease, fertilizers, pesticides, pet waste, trash, and soil. The pollutants degrade the water quality and are harmful to wildlife.

What is stormwater runoff management?

Different tools and methods that increases the amount of precipitation that soaks into the ground or is captured and released slowly into nearby streams, rivers, and lakes. 


You Can Protect Our Waterways

STORMWATER POLLUTANTS

Pet & Yard Waste

Pet Waste

  • Pick up after your dog and throw waste into trash. Pets
  • Pet waste left on yards, streets, and sidewalks can be carried to the stream during a storm event. Pet waste contains bacteria and pollutes our water.


Yard Waste

  • Do not put leaves or grass clippings down the storm sewer inlet.ug-yard.jpg
  • Use lawn bags, compost or mulch leaves and grass.
  • Do not over apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Excess chemicals will runoff and end up in the stream. Less is best when it comes to yard chemical application.


  • Video: MARC Water Quality - Yard Waste

 

Litter & Trash

Litter & Trash

  • Litter and trash in our streets and yards can end up in our streams and rivers. Stormwater-Litter-Trash.png
  • Put all trash and litter in a wastebasket or trash bag.
  • Do not dump trash or trash bags into storm inlets, rivers, and streams.

  • Video: MARC Water Quality - Litter

 

Household Chemicals

Household Chemicals

  • Cleaning-Supplies.png Cleaning solutions should not be dumped on the grass, parking lot, or down the storm drain. Follow instructions on how to properly dispose of chemicals.
  • Clean up any chemical or hazardous material spills before they can wash down our inlets.

  • Video: MARC Water Quality - Household Chemicals

 

Oil, Gas & Auto Fluids

oil Oil, Gas & Auto Fluids

RESIDENTIAL SOLUTIONS

Lawn Care & Chemicals

yard chemicals Lawn Care & Chemicals

  • Do not put leaves or grass clippings down the storm sewer inlet.
  • Mow grass at the highest setting and leave grass clippings in place.
  • Only water necessary - Water in the morning to avoid evaporation.
  • Do not over apply pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Excess chemicals will runoff and end up in the stream. Less is best when it comes to yard chemical application.
  • View the MARC flyer(PDF, 273KB)

Rain Barrels

rainbarrels Rain Barrels

  • Collect rainwater to use for irrigation - water your garden and lawn.
  • Diverts water away from your house.
  • Cuts down on your water consumption - saves $$!
  • How to Build Rain Barrels

For more information, visit http://www.cleanwaterkcmetro.org/rain-barrels/

Rain Gardens

raingardens

Rain Gardens

  • Designed to collect rainwater in low lying areas.
  • Native plants and flowers help infiltrate water and reduce stormwater runoff.
  • Little to no irrigation is needed - Low maintenance!
  • Attract butterflies and birds - colorful flowers and green plants are attractive to your yard!
  • How to Build Your Own Raingarden (PDF)

For more information, visit http://www.cleanwaterkcmetro.org/rain-gardens/

EXAMPLE OF AN URBAND WATERSHED

Urban Watershed Example