Storm Water Management

Earth Day - Stormwater Tips

Storm water can pose a risk to our water resources. Pollutants in storm water can affect lakes, streams, and rivers. New Programs to control storm water pollution are being adopted by our community.

Storm Water Rate Study

A presentation was prepared by Stanley Consultants and presented to the City Council on March 4, 2013. View the presentation (PDF).

Storm Water Runoff

Storm water runoff is rainfall or snowmelt that runs off impervious surfaces like roads, buildings, and compacted soils. Storm water runoff is collected and conveyed through storm intakes and storm sewers directly into streams, rivers, and lakes without being treated.

Storm Water Management

The traditional approach to storm water management focuses primarily on flood control. Today, our City is required to manage for both water quality and quantity by using practices that infiltrate more rainfall and reduce the volume of storm water runoff.

Awareness & Responsibility

Daily activities can affect water quality. Most rainfall drains untreated to streams and lakes through storm drains in neighborhoods. There are many ways you can prevent storm water pollution including:

  • Clean up after your pets
  • Minimize the use of fertilizers
  • Properly dispose of all hazardous household waste
  • Re-direct roof drains to gardens or other vegetated areas
  • Wash your car at a carwash or on the lawn, not the driveway

Storm Water Management Education Program

This page is part of the public education campaign for our storm water program. Our community is a member of the Iowa Stormwater Education Program. The Iowa Stormwater Education Program provides educational resources and guidance to member communities about storm water management. For additional information, visit the Iowa Storm Water website.