The Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) requires the City to manage stormwater quality through our National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. Both the permit and the City's subsequent Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) are scheduled for renewal in 2021. As a part of the permit renewal process, City staff has revised the City's Stormwater Management Plan, which includes requirements for outreach and education, public involvement, illicit discharges, construction and post-construction stormwater management, and pollution prevention/good housekeeping. The draft SWMP in currently in final staff review following the public comment period and public meeting that were posted in January and February, 2021.
The City offers four primary stormwater education outreach events for residents, businesses and local civic groups to participate in:
Storm Drain Stenciling
The City's Storm Drain Stenciling program is a volunteer effort that involves painting a specific, City-approved stenciled message on the storm drains throughout the community, encouraging residents to keep our storm drains clean. Volunteers, either individuals or groups, must complete a short application and Hold Harmless before checking out a Storm Drain Stenciling Kit. City staff helps volunteers select an area for stenciling and provides maps to aid in the project. Kits and maps must be returned within a week of check out. Student and scout community service hours are available for these events, however, court-ordered community service hours are not offered for this program.
The City's Stream Team is a volunteer effort that involves collecting litter and debris from local streams. The City typically organizes one large event per year in the fall, with smaller events offered for groups, such as scouts, as individual requests are made. Volunteers must sign a waiver before each event. Student and scout community service hours are available. Court-ordered community service hours are not offered at these events. At the large City events lunch will be provided, along with trash bags and gloves. Prizes are awarded for the most unique items collected.
The next Stream Team event is TBD.
Adopt-A-Street and Adopt-A-Stream
The City's Adopt-A-Street and Adopt-A-Stream programs encourage civic responsibility and bolster community pride while improving community aesthetics and water quality. Residents, civic groups, organizations and businesses are encouraged to participate.
Volunteers must complete an application for Adopt-A-Street or Adopt-A-Stream and return it to Public Works before a designated street or stream segment will be assigned, however, volunteers can review the list of adoptable streets to see if there is a street segment they would prefer.
Volunteers who collect litter at least four times per year for streets or twice a year for streams will receive a certificate of appreciation and recognition on two City 'Adopt' signs posted on each segment end. The City will provide bags for the events and will collect full bags upon completion.
In addition to these outreach events, the City has several educational publications and videos to aid residents and business owners:
Clean Streams Brochure
Development Erosion Control Booklet
Know Where Your Water Goes Insert
Stormwater Activity Booklet
Stormwater Pollution Prevention - Restaurants
Stormwater Pollution Prevention - Developers
Videos on LSTV or Videos on YouTube
The City of Lee's Summit is also a participating member of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). MARC's Water Resources Division has terrific stormwater education publications and videos that residents and businesses can utilize.