One of the services the City of Prairie Village provides is stormwater management. This is accomplished through the construction and maintenance of a stormwater management system comprised of curbs, gutters, inlets, pipes, and drainage channels located both underground and at ground level throughout the City.
In order to provide the appropriate level of funding to maintain and operate the stormwater system, the City established a stormwater utility.
City of Prairie Village’s Cost-Share Reimbursement Program
The City of Prairie Village receives annual grants from Johnson County for the Stormwater Treatment Facilities (STF) cost-share program. Last year's grant amount was for $5,000. This program is an innovative approach to controlling stormwater thus improving water quality and aiding in reducing erosion. The program encourages individual homeowners and businesses to incorporate STFs on their property and is intended to help cover the cost of material and/or contractor labor to install such facilities. The program runs from April 1st to October 31st annually.
National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit
Stormwater runoff is directed to the storm drain system and flows directly into streams and rivers without treatment. The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program requires the city to minimize stormwater pollution by implementing "best management practices" across the city.
Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming and other activities. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program is designed to prevent stormwater runoff from washing harmful pollutants into local surface waters, such as streams, rivers and lakes. Since its introduction in 1972, the NPDES permit program is responsible for significant improvements to our Nation's water quality.
The city implements these best management practices by developing five-year Stormwater Management Plan; submitting a NPDES Report; and maintaining compliance with our NPDES Permit.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is currently posting their Water Pollution Control Permit for a 30 day comment period. The draft permit can be viewed here. Any comments regarding the proposed permit should be sent to the KDHE office Division of Environment at 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 400, Topeka, KS 66612-1367.