Stormwater is any water that is not soaked into the ground after a rain storm.
Consequently, stormwater runoff can pick up pollutants while flowing into local streams and rivers. Jackson County works to manage stormwater in conjunction with land use change in order to protect water quality and the reduce impact of stormwater on local water resources. The Stormwater Management Program (SWMP), works to control pollutants in stormwater discharge by unifying programs such as training, planning, maintenance, construction and facilities management with a common focus on water quality issues. Jackson County complies with the Clean Water Act requirements administered by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources while reducing pollutants from our region’s storm sewer system.
Tips for Improving Water Quality:
- Landscape with native plants to increase water infiltrations and decrease lawn maintenance.
- Never discard trash or yard waste down storm drains or in the street.
- Dispose of pet waste properly.
- Use lawn chemicals safely. Always follow label instructions and never apply before rain or watering the lawn, unless directed.
- Redirect downspouts to drain rain water onto lawns and gardens.
- Wash your car at a professional car wash that filters the wastewater or wash your car in a grassy area. Do NOT wash cars on driveways or in the street.
- Use rain barrels or rain gardens to conserve rain water on your property.
Other Resources for Water Quality