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Overview

KC Water manages 630 miles of sewers and more than 53,000 stormwater inlets. We also operate 15 flood pump stations and maintain six stormwater detention basins. We clean 18,000 storm inlets and repairs and replaces 300 catch basins annually.

KC Water also manages 13.7 miles of levees and floodwalls along the Missouri River or its tributaries in the area, with an additional 2.2 miles under construction. Utility and construction work within the critical zone of levees requires additional review by the KC Water Stormwater Engineering Division. To see the levee-protected areas in the Kansas City region, visit the National Levee Database here.

Kansas City, Missouri is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Community Rating System (CRS), which can help residents prevent or reduce flood losses. Please click here to learn more.

KC Water Updates Stormwater Management Plan; Comments Welcome through July 1, 2022

KC Water on behalf of the City of Kansas City, Mo., has drafted an update to the Stormwater Management Plan in effect since 2019. Comments on the proposed revisions are being accepted through July 1, 2022.

The 2019 Stormwater Management Plan, which was prepared as required by the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Discharge Permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MoDNR) in September 2018, describes strategies and practices the City implements to manage the discharge of pollutants from the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.

The plan is reviewed periodically for continuous improvement. Proposed changes will cover the period July 1, 2022-Aug. 31, 2023 and are intended to make the plan a better guide for program implementation and permit compliance. Major changes include:

  • Program activities or best management practices for each of nine minimum control measures are listed in improved alignment with MoDNR permit requirements.
  • Best management practices and associated measurable goals are defined to reflect Kansas City’s continued progress in practices and planning.

The proposed plan is posted below and at www.kcwater.us/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/FY21-SWMP-6.pdf. The current 2019 Stormwater Management Plan is posted below and at www.kcwater.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Stormwater-Management-Program-Plan-20-19-20.pdf.

The public is invited to submit comments on the proposed plan by email or in writing:

  • Email: Jing Tao, Stormwater Engineering Division, Jing.Tao@kcmo.org.
  • U.S. Mail or direct delivery: Jing Tao, Stormwater Engineering Division, KC Water, 4800 E. 63rd St., Kansas City, MO 64130.

Comments must be received at KC Water by 5 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 1, 2022.

To obtain a paper copy of the draft rules and regulations or for further information, contact Jing Tao at 816-513-0371 or Jing.Tao@kcmo.org.

Property Owners and Tenants Information

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (M4) Permit

Proposed Update: Stormwater Management Plan 20220-2023
Stormwater Management Program Plan 2019-20
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