Stormwater Runoff Management

Location: Stormwater Engineer: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N 7th St, Suite 715
Kansas City, KS
Jonathan Wiles Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5400 F: (913) 573-5435 E: Email

UG/KCK takes on Stormwater infrastructure improvement issue

To provide county residents and businesses with the public services they deserve today and well into the future, the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kansas City, Kansas is considering proposals to improve the current stormwater infrastructure.

According to Mayor David Alvey, the continued growth of the city and county, as well as the quality of life of its residents, is contingent on ongoing infrastructure investments. Better management of stormwater is at the top of the list of areas that need immediate attention to help protect property and enhance public health and safety.

To date, the county has identified more than 2,000 areas that are negatively impacted by outdated stormwater infrastructure, totaling nearly $141 million dollars. To pay for the needed improvements, one proposal on the table for consideration is a proportional rate system based on hard surface area instead of the current flat-rate calculation. “The proportional rate system is the most equitable way to assess stormwater fees based on each homeowner or business’s contribution to the system and is the method used by most municipalities across the U.S.,” says Jeff Fisher, Director of Public Works.

Over five years of the plan, the proportional rate system change will increase funding for maintenance and improvements to the city’s growing stormwater management infrastructure into the future.  In addition, residents, businesses, and visitors will see reduced street closures, fewer flooding and standing water events, and improved public health and safety.

The Board of County Commissioners will meet on March 12, 2020 at 7PM to consider a vote on the proposed transition.  The meeting is open to the public, and it will be aired live on UGTV and YouTube

Download a copy of the stormwater infographic:

Download a copy of open house storyboards: Download a copy of the Comments & Preference Sheet: View Presentations to Commission:

What is the purpose of the stormwater rate transition?
What is the mission of the stormwater program?
What does the stormwater system provide?
What does our community need?
Who pays for the program?
What are the program's challenges?
What are the solutions?
What are the benefits of change?
How much will this cost me?
Will there be fee reduction credit & appeals programs?
What's next?
Where can I send feedback?
Who can I contact with questions?
What happens if we do nothing?

Since December 2018, the Unified Government has considered almost 20 different rate structure iterations to meet the needs and expectations of Kansas City, Kansas.  This work has been performed in conjunction with outreach resulting in multiple presentations and FAQs.  This section contains copies of previous presentations, FAQS, and a list of the outreach staff has performed:

Where can I download copies of presentations?
What community outreach has Public Works performed?