Stormwater Pollution

Flooding has been a well-documented issue in Lawrence. Most people understand the relationship between impervious surface 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.

What is the NPDES?
Learn about the NPDES stormwater program
2005 Report: NPDES in Lawrence
Information on Lawrence’s NPDES permit implementation

Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Ordinance
View Lawrence’s Ordinance
Frequently Asked Questions
Stormwater Pollution FAQ
Guide to Clean Water
Household solutions to stormwater pollution
Pressure Washing and Surface Cleaning
Compliance guide
Concrete washout, sawing, and dewatering
Informational brochure
Cigarette Litter Pollution
Informational website


Waste Reduction & Recycling
Link to, a great resource for pollution prevention and resource conservation
Environmental Protection Agency
Link to the EPA stormwater program