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What is stormwater?
Stormwater runoff is generated from rain and snow melt. It does not percolate directly into the ground when it flows from roof tops, land, parking lots, streets, sidewalks and driveways.
Where does stormwater go?
Stormwater is discharged into our waterways. Runoff picks up sediment, contaminants, litter, nutrients, and pollutants. Unmanaged stormwater can cause water pollution, stream bank erosion, and flooding.
What can I do?
Constructing Best Management Practices (BMP’s) to capture water where it lands allows pollutants and sediment to settle before they have a chance to discharge directly into waterways. BMP’sinclude the following:
BMP’s help improve the water quality of our streams, creeks, and ponds, also improving water quality downstream in the Marais Des Cygnes River, Blue River, and the Kansas River.
What is the Cost Share Reimbursement Program?
The City of Olathe is offering a Stormwater Cost Share Reimbursement. The goal is to encourage landowners and businesses to construct BMP’s on their property to improve water quality. The program is intended to help cover the cost of materials, equipment and labor. The City will provide a 50% match for expenses on the following:
Rain barrels, up to $75 each. Limit: two rain barrels per application.
Reimbursement is available to applicants on a first come, first serve basis subject to approval of the Department of Public Works, Stormwater Management.
Reimbursement will not be approved for BMPs required for new development.
Instructions for a Rain Barrel Project:
Instructions for a Rain Garden, Bioswale, Stream Buffer or Native Plantings Project:
City of Olathe
Dept. of Public Works
Stormwater Management Section
1385 S. Robinson St.
Olathe, KS 66061