(Kansas City, Mo.) – KC Water is looking for some good ideas to educate the public and get them thinking about water quality, stormwater runoff, and protecting infrastructure. The Water Quality Small Grant Program is open to any non-profit organization in Missouri or Kansas completing water quality projects within the limits of Kansas City, Missouri.
For more information and to apply visit http://city.kcmo.org/kc/Ads/AdResults.aspx and select the “Professional or Specialized or Technical Services” category.
The Overflow Control Program (OCP) is a commitment by Kansas City Water Services to reduce overflows from the combined sewer system and prevent overflows in the separate sewer system. Reducing and preventing overflows from the sewer system creates a cleaner, healthier environment for our community and improves the quality of water that is returned to area waterways.
Kansas City Water Services created the Water Quality Small Grant Program to help fund projects and activities related to water quality protection, improvement, and education within the city limits of Kansas City, Missouri. The Grant Program is implemented through OCP funds set aside for water quality public education and outreach.
Grant Program Goals
The goal of the grant program to improve water quality in our streams, lakes, and rivers, through a reduction in the amount of stormwater, and the contaminants it can carry, entering the combined and separate stormwater systems; improve public knowledge of the effect human activities on water quality; and create behavior change within the community to protect water resources and associated infrastructure. A reduction in the amount of stormwater entering the combined sewer system will reduce overflows, improve water quality, and lower the cost to manage wastewater. Public education and positive actions taken to reduce stormwater runoff and protect water quality can reduce the burden on city services to maintain infrastructure. Projects or activities should involve one or more of the following:
- Public education on the impacts stormwater runoff has on the environment
- Public action to reduce impact of stormwater runoff on water quality and water quantity
- Public education on the importance of protecting infrastructure, local waterways, and associated natural resources
- Public action to protect and/or improve infrastructure, local waterways, and associated natural resources
Funding for green infrastructure projects will only be considered if the project has a significant public education and participation component and is accompanied by a 5-year maintenance plan.
If you have questions about the Water Quality Small Grant Program, contact Lara Isch, Water Quality Educator at 816.513.0582 or Lara.Isch@kcmo.org.
For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Media Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.513.0284.
KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.