Pilot Program kicks off at 9 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 13, in the Stoney Creek Estates subdivision
Educating the community about the importance of keeping our water clean and free of pollutants harmful to humans and the environment is at the heart of the City’s Storm Drain Stenciling Program being reactivated by the City on Sat., Aug. 13.
“This is a volunteer effort that involves stenciling a specific city-approved clean water message on the storm drains throughout the community. It’s an endeavor to encourage residents to keep our water clean and our storm drains free of debris,” said Kara Taylor, environmental specialist for the City of Lee’s Summit.
“No Dumping: Drains to Stream” is the 9-inch circular message that will be stenciled with white spray paint on storm drains throughout Lee’s Summit. The exception is downtown, which will have four-inch metal markers attached to the storm drains with the message, “No Dumping: Drains to Rivers.”
Taylor, who is overseeing the program, said the idea to reactivate the program started with a request from local Eagle Scout candidate Drake Morgan who asked to stencil the storm drains throughout his entire subdivision for his Eagle Scout project. As a result, Morgan’s Eagle Scout Troop and a host of volunteers are set to stencil more than 160 storm boxes in the Stoney Creek Estates subdivision, generally north of SW County Line Road and west of SW Ward Road, beginning at 9 a.m. Sat., Aug. 13. By doing so, they will officially kick-off the reactivation of the City’s Storm Drain Stenciling Pilot Program.
“The City formerly stenciled an educational message on storm drains with volunteers in the past, but has not done so for many years. Once I was approached about the idea, I knew it would be a great opportunity to revamp the program and increase education about storm water quality issues throughout our community, which the City needs to do in order to meet State National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements,” said Taylor.
In addition to stenciling on the storm drains, volunteers working in the neighborhoods will be equipped with brochures about the program to distribute to residents regarding storm drains and the importance of keeping storm water clean.
Lee’s Summit has approximately 12,000 storm drain inlets or boxes located throughout the community. Stormwater flowing over land during a precipitation event, such as rain and snow, flows into these inlets which eventually empty into nearby lakes, streams and rivers.
“Stormwater is not something most think about. People don’t realize that our storm drains flow directly to local lakes and streams without treatment, so anything poured or pushed into the storm drains, such as paint, oil, leaves, brush, and fireworks go directly to lakes and streams that we use for recreation. These items also block our storm drains and cause localized flooding. The message we’re adding to storm drains and the educational materials we’re distributing act as a constant reminder to residents about keeping storm drains clean to protect us and the environment,” said Taylor.
Visit cityofLS.net/Environment/Stormwater to learn about the requirements of participating in the Storm Drain Stenciling Program.
For more information, contact the City of Lee’s Summit Public Works Department at 816.969.1800.