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Stormwater Runs to Local Waterways Untreated. Turkey Creek. Kansas River & Missouri River Merge. Stormwater Runoff Management. Illustration from Mid America Regional Council. Stormwater Runoff. Water falls as rain, snow, or ice. Most seeps into ground.

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Stormwater runs to local waterways untreated

Stormwater Runs to Local Waterways Untreated

Turkey Creek

Kansas River & Missouri River Merge


Stormwater runoff management

Stormwater Runoff Management

Illustration from Mid America Regional Council


Stormwater runoff

Stormwater Runoff

  • Water falls as rain, snow, or ice. Most seeps into ground.

  • If ground is saturated, frozen, or has paved surfaces, water flows & is called stormwater runoff.

Stormwater Flows over surfaces such as roads, driveways and parking lots.


Where does stormwater go

Where does Stormwater Go?

  • Stormwater flows to storm drains along streets.

  • It may carry soil, pet waste, oil, pesticides, & other pollutants with it.

  • This polluted runoff goes to streams & lakes untreated.

Stormwater goes into storm drains and pollutants flow untreated into local streams, rivers & lakes.


Sediment pollution

Sediment Pollution

  • Sediment comes from soil erosion & from decomposition of plants and animals.

  • Sediment will make streams & lakes cloudy.

  • Sediment is the most common pollutant.

Sediment has flowed to storm drain and closed it from functioning.


How can i reduce sediment runoff

How Can I Reduce Sediment Runoff?

  • Avoid mowing 10-15 feet of creek or stream. This will minimize erosion & help filter sediment.

  • Sweep driveways, don’t hose them off. Otherwise sediment flows to storm drain.

Don’t mow right up to stream bed


Oil auto fluid pollution

Oil & Auto Fluid Pollution

  • E.P.A. estimates that 200 million gallons of oil are improperly disposed each year.

  • One quart of oil can contaminate one million gallons of water.

Oil illegally dumped flows untreated to area streams, rivers, and lakes.


How can i reduce oil runoff

How Can I Reduce Oil Runoff?

  • Fix vehicles that are leaking fluids.

  • If you change your own oil, store it in a container and dispose of properly.

  • Wyandotte County residents use HHW site.

    For Info call 913-573-5400

Dispose of your Oil & Auto fluids properly.


Septic system pollution

Septic System Pollution

  • E.P.A. estimates that 25% of homes use septic systems.

  • Over 4 billion gallons of wastewater per day is dispersed below ground thru septic systems.

Liquids surfacing from non functioning septic system.


How can i reduce septic runoff

How Can I Reduce Septic Runoff?

  • Have septic system pumped regularly.

  • Fix any faulty septic system.

  • Fix faulty toilets to save water going thru system.

  • Do laundry over several days so you don’t send water to system at once.

Do your washing over several days.


Lawn chemical pollution

Lawn Chemical Pollution

  • Lawn chemicals are fertilizers, herbicides, & insecticides.

  • Over application can cause toxic levels of chemicals & excessive nutrient runoff.

Would you walk with bare feet in your lawn?


How can i reduce lawn chemical runoff

How Can I Reduce Lawn Chemical Runoff?

  • Conduct a soil test.

  • Don’t over fertilize.

  • Use chemicals according to the instructions.

  • Landscape with native plants.

Consider using compost on your lawn


Pet waste pollution

Pet Waste Pollution

  • Each rain, thousands of pounds of pet waste flows into local streams.

  • U.S. Geological Survey showed 25% of bacteria in area K.C. streams is caused by pet waste.

Flier from Mid America Regional Council, KC Mo.


How can i reduce pet waste runoff

How Can I Reduce Pet Waste Runoff?

  • Pickup pet waste from your yard.

  • When walking your pet pickup after them.

  • Involve home owner’s association.

Education to residents from an area home owner’s association.


Car wash pollution

Car Wash Pollution

  • If you wash your car on your driveway, polluted water flows to storm drain.

  • Pollutants can include soap, detergents, salt, rust, motor oils, and fluids.

Water flows to storm drains


How can i reduce car wash runoff

How Can I Reduce Car Wash Runoff?

  • Use commercial car wash.

  • If you wash car at home, wash on area that will absorb water.

  • Use biodegradable, phosphate-free, water based cleaners.

  • Empty wash bucket into sink or toilet.

Use a Commercial Car Wash


Litter and trash pollution

Litter and Trash Pollution

  • Trash and litter is carried off to storm drains.

  • Keep America Beautiful indentifies cigarette litter as the #1 littered item.

Trash & Litter carried off to block storm drain.


How can i reduce litter trash runoff

How Can I Reduce Litter & Trash Runoff?

  • Don’t litter.

  • Participate in a neighborhood litter cleanup event.

  • Pickup litter in your own yard.

Participate in a Neighborhood Cleanup.


Yard waste pollution

Yard Waste Pollution

  • Leaves & grass clippings are blown into the streets.

  • Water & wind carry them to storm drains.

  • Not only can they clog drains, they adversely affect oxygen levels in local waterways.

Leaves blocking flow of water into storm drain.


How can i reduce yard waste runoff

How Can I Reduce Yard Waste Runoff?

  • Never blow leaves or grass clippings into street.

  • Consider using a mulch mower and leave clippings and leaves on the yard.

  • Consider backyard composting.

Consider Using a Mulch Mower


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Stormwater Runoff Management

What Can I Do To Help?

Sweep your driveway off.

Dispose of oil & automotive fluids proper and legally.

Maintain septic systems.

Don’t over fertilize yard.

Pickup pet waste

Use a commercial car wash.

Pick up litter and trash.

Don’t blow yard clippings and leaves into the streets.


Help keep our waterways cleaner

Help Keep our Waterways Cleaner

Wyandotte County Lake


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