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.
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 different story.
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, visit the FEMA Flood Insurance Program website for information about flood insurance and assistance.
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.
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.
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.
Click here for a
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 stormwater management.
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
1144 S. Seneca
Wichita, KS 67213