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Environment >> Stormwater >> Stormwater Facts


Facts | Illegal Storm Drain Dumping | Storm Drain Stenciling Program | Stream Team | Adopt-A-Street/Stream | Floodplain Information



Stormwater is water that flows overland during a precipitation event and does not soak into the ground or evaporate. 

Paved areas, such as driveways, roof tops, parking lots and streets contribute to the amount of stormwater that flows through a city as these surfaces are typically impervious and keep precipitation from seeping into the soil and recharging groundwater supplies.

Stormwater ultimately flows into the City's storm drainage system, lakes, and streams without any treatment.  Lee's Summit has hundreds of acres of lakes and miles of streams that are affect by stormwater.

What is a watershed?

A watershed is an area of land whose stormwater flows to a common body of water, such as a nearby creek, stream, river, or lake.  As stormwater flows overland, it picks up pollutants from motor oil, lawn chemicals, pet waste, salt, litter, and soil before entering into nearby rivers, lakes streams, and the City's stormwater system — untreated. This untreated stormwater has potential health, safety, environmental, and economic impacts on our watersheds and community.

What is the City doing about local stormwater problems?

The Public Works Department is responsible for addressing stormwater issues within the City. For information on stormwater initiatives in Lee's Summit, visit the Public Works Engineering stormwater bond project page.


What can you do to protect stormwater quality in Lee's Summit?

  • Read the City's most recent stormwater publications.
  • Landscape with native plants. For more information, contact Grow Native or MARC.  
  • Never discard items in storm drains or in city streets.
  • Properly dispose of or recycle used oil.
  • Properly dispose of pet waste.
  • Apply lawn chemicals in a proper manner and in proper quantities.
  • Wash your car at a professional car wash facility.
  • Cover bare patches of soil to reduce erosion and sediment transportation.
  • Redirect downspouts to rain barrels.  For more information, contact Bridging the Gap.

Reporting Information:

Report the following activities to the following agencies:

Illegal storm drain dumping: Public Works Department at 969-1800
Illegal dumping on private property: Codes Department at 969-1200
Illegal dumping elsewhere: MDNR Hotline at 1-800-361-4827
Flooding on a City street (weekdays): Public Works Department at 969-1800
Flooding on a City street (weekends, after hours): Fire Department Dispatch at 969-7407
Hazardous spills: Fire Department at 911

For more information, contact the City's Environmental Specialist or call the Public Works Department at 969-1800.