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.

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.

Other Information


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we have a Stormwater Utility fee?
Why do I have to pay? Are fees charged to everyone?
How is my monthly fee determined?
What is the current rate?
Can my neighbor grade a dam along our property line or direct drainage into my yard?
My house floods during heavy rainstorms. Who should I call?
How do I know if there is a drainage easement on or near my property?
Can I build a fence in the drainage easement on my property?
Is it ok to have a fence in a drainage easement?
There is a broken curb inlet on my street. Who should I call?
There is a hole in my yard that formed or grew after a rainstorm. What is this?
A tree has fallen over in a creek. Who should I call?
My driveway culvert is in need of repairs. Who should I call?
How do I get a new driveway culvert? How do I get a longer driveway culvert?
Where does stormwater go after it enters the storm sewers?
Why is it important to keep my yard waste out of the street?
Why is stormwater pollution an issue?
What can I do to reduce stormwater pollution?
What is an Illicit Discharge?