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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

stormwater runoff management1
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