The Stormwater Engineering Division was created in 1996 to manage the stormwater utility and to implement other recommendations of the Stormwater Management Master Plan. Stormwater Utility fees are charged to all landowners based on impervious surfaces on each property. The resulting revenue supports system reconstruction projects, system maintenance, development review and pollution prevention measures.
Stormwater Management Master Plan
The Stormwater Management Master Plan was completed in 1996 by Burns and McDonnell, consulting engineers. This plan contains recommendations for storm sewer improvements, engineering standards, maintenance work and program funding.
Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Flooding has been a well-documented issue in Lawrence. Most people understand the relationship between impervious surfaces and increased runoff. It’s also important to understand that our stormwater runoff contains high levels of pollutants that threaten the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued regulations in 1999 that require the City of Lawrence to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater program.
The City of Lawrence Code was updated in 2001 to require landowners and citizens to use better practices to prevent pollution of streams, lakes, rivers and groundwater.
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Ordinance (PDF)
- Stormwater Pollution Frequently Asked Questions
- Guide to Clean Water Brochure (PDF)
- Pressure Washing and Surface Cleaning Best Practices (PDF)
- Cigarette Litter Pollution Information
- North Lawrence Drainage Study, 2005 (PDF)
- City of Lawrence Watershed Map
- Baker Wetlands Maps – East (PDF) / West (PDF)
- Revenue Summary
- Flood Safety Tips (PDF)
- Kansas Stormwater Website
- Rain Barrel Instructions (PDF)
- How to Create a Rain Barrel Video
- Rain Garden Powerpoint Presentation
Yard Waste and Fall Leaves
Streets are part of the City of Lawrence stormwater drainage system. Leaves left along the curb can enter storm drains, increasing the risk of localized flooding and adding pollutants to the receiving streams and rivers. Street sweepers are unable to pick up large volumes of leaves. Leaves, grass clippings and other yard trimmings should be composted or placed in City yard waste carts or compostable paper bags for pickup on regularly-scheduled trash days. More information about yard waste pickup can be found on the City of Lawrence Yard Waste page.