1144 S. Seneca
Wichita, KS 67213
The Sedgwick County Stormwater Management Advisory Board
completed a study in May of 2015 of the 18 square mile West Branch Chisholm
Creek watershed located in Valley Center, Wichita, Park City, Kechi and rural Sedgwick
draft report identifies potential improvements to address areas of
flooding, channel erosion and sedimentation throughout the watershed. Sedgwick
County would appreciate your feedback on the study and has developed a
survey to gauge public support or concern for the proposed improvements. Please
contact Daniel Schrant, PE with any questions regarding this study at
Stormwater that is not absorbed into the ground has to go somewhere -
preferably somewhere that doesn't cause flooding or poor water quality.
Stormwater management is a cross-jurisdictional collaboration that weighs
historical information, current conditions, and future plans and development to
help keep stormwater from creating flooding and water quality problems.
to read about where your water comes from and how stormwater is managed in
During Sedgwick County's “rainy season,” which is usually in
the spring, neighborhoods throughout the county can experience flooding. And,
the fact that your home has never flooded before is not a guarantee that it
won’t happen in the future. The frequent addition of roads, buildings and
parking lots make our lives easier, but also make floods more likely and more
severe. So, even if you are not at risk of flooding today, tomorrow may be a
Click here to read
about flooding issues in Sedgwick County. If you are concerned
about flooding in your area or have been informed that you live in a flood
plain, please feel free to contact the Sedgwick County Floodplain Manager, Kelly
Dixon, by phone at (316) 660-1840 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You may
also visit the website www.floodsmart.gov.
Stormwater not absorbed by the ground, or stormwater runoff, can be damaging to
the environment and contributes to flooding. In fact, it's the number 1
water pollution problem in the United States.
This runoff carries debris, chemicals and other pollutants into storm sewers or
directly into the creeks, rivers, and lakes we use for fishing, swimming, and
drinking water. Managing this runoff, or stormwater management, is
necessary to protect our water quality, but it's also expensive.
to read about water quality in Sedgwick County.
The choices we make affect our ability to manage stormwater. Everyone
can play an important role in reducing stormwater runoff and the problems and
costs that accompany it. The solutions start with paying attention to stormwater
at home, at work and in our communities.
Click here to read about what you can do to help manage stormwater.
Sedgwick County is currently allowed to discharge stormwater to waters of the
United States through its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4 - inlets
and pipes, as well as open ditches, which discharge to waters of the U.S. and
are owned and maintained by Sedgwick County). This is possible due to our Kansas
Water Pollution Control General MS4 Permit and Authorization to Discharge under
the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).
Essentially, the NPDES is a permit program managed by the
Environmental Protection Agency.
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stormwater permit (for construction activities in Sedgwick County that will disturb more than
one acre of ground).
SMAB informs and advises the county commission
on all matters related to stormwater management. It's purpose is to protect lives and property within Sedgwick County
by promoting better stormwater management and providing
financial, technical and other assistance to all
entities within Sedgwick County that are concerned with
The SMAB meets at 3:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at
1144 S. Seneca,
Wichita, KS 67213.
Sedgwick County Public Works
Metropolitan Area Planning Department
Mission: To assure quality public services that provide for the present and future well-being of the citizens of Sedgwick County.
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