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

To report an illicit discharge into the City stormwater system, please call 785-832-7800.
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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.

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Yard Waste and Fall Leaves

Streets are part of the City of Lawrence stormwater collection system. Leaves left along the curb are unable to be picked up by street sweepers and can enter storm drains, increasing the risk of localized flooding and adding pollutants to the receiving streams and rivers.

Four Easy Ways to Handle Your Leaves & Lawn Trimmings

Frequently Asked Questions