Stormwater Management

Stormwater runoff occurs when rain or snowmelt flows over land surface such as roads, driveways, parking lots and rooftops . These surfaces prevent water from soaking into the ground.

Stormwater runoff increases during storms and is carried swiftly to local streams, lakes, and rivers. The City stormwater infrastructure includes thousands of street curb inlets and miles of pipes.

Stormwater runoff carries pollutants such as sediment, nitrogen, phosphorus, bacteria, oil and grease, trash, pesticides and metals.

To reduce pollution impacts on urban streams, the Environmental Protection Agency expanded the Clean Water Act in 1987 to require that municipalities obtain National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for stormwater discharges.

The City of Olathe adopted Title 17 Stormwater Management regulations required to minimize the impacts of urban development and protect water quality. Six minimum control measures are required:

  1. Public education and outreach
  2. Public participation and involvement
  3. Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  4. Construction site runoff control
  5. Post construction runoff control
  6. Pollution prevention for municipal operations.

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  • Implements flood control projects and water quality measures to protect the environment
  • Maintains existing infrastructure to prevent flooding and streambank erosion
  • Provides public education
  • Promotes public involvement
  • Meets NPDES Stormwater requirements
  • Provides code enforcement for Title 17 regulations
  • Collects utility fees to fund stormwater system maintenance and enhancement

General Information

 
City of Olathe
Dept. of Public Works
Stormwater Management Section
1385 S. Robinson St.
Olathe, KS  66061