When it rains, stormwater washes over the ground, picking up a variety of pollutants, such as oil, pesticides, metals, and soil. To prevent flooding and safety issues, stormwater travels through the City's storm drain system and is discharged untreated into nearby lakes, streams, and rivers - the ultimate source of our drinking water.
Wentzville receives an average of 37" of rain annually, creating many millions of gallons of stormwater runoff each year. The volume and speed of runoff can cause flooding and erosion and destroy natural habitat. The Stormwater Management Program is the City of Wentzville's ongoing commitment to manage flood risk and comply with state and federal laws to help improve our community's water quality. Do your part to help keep Wentzville's waterways healthy for people, fish, and wildlife. And remember...only rain should go down storm drains.
Tackling Litter: Trash Can Artwork Contest
Wentzville Middle School students are teaming up to tackle litter in Wentzville parks through the GREEN partnership with GM, Earth Force, and the City of Wentzville. Students are organizing a trash can artwork design contest to raise public awareness of litter prevention in our local parks and community. The contest will be open to Wentzville students as well as the public. The contest will run through April 24, 2017.
Check out the contest homepage!
Water Resources Survey
Students at Wentzville Middle are partnering with the City of Wentzville to assess public awareness and attitudes about our water resources. You can help by sharing your opinions. Your response is anonymous and will help guide projects in our community. Thanks for your time in advance!
2017 Water Resources Survey
How does the City handle stormwater?
Urbanization can increase the quantity and decrease the quality of runoff. Historically, cities have focused stormwater management programs on reducing the effects of flooding. In recent years, however, the focus has shifted to also include water quality degradation. Stormwater management benefits property owners by reducing property damage and increasing the quality of receiving streams.
The City's has a "Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System" (MS4), meaning that it is separate from the sanitary sewer system. A variety of natural and artificial structures and land forms are considered part of the MS4: inlets, pipes, grass and concrete channels, culverts, ditches, and detention basins. To reduce flooding and safety issues, stormwater travels through the storm system and into nearby streams, rivers and lakes.
Stormwater Improvement Projects
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Wentzville's Stormwater Management Plan
The City of Wentzville is regulated under the federal Clean Water Act and Missouri Clean Water Law for stormwater discharges. Since 2003, the City has implemented a Stormwater Management Plan for permit compliance to reduce pollutants from being carried by runoff into local water bodies from the municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4).
2013-2018 Stormwater Management Plan
2017 MS4 Stormwater Management Program Report
GM Earth Day Festival & Mission: Clean Stream
Sign up for the annual stream cleanup or come hang out at the festival to enjoy kids activities, live music and green vendors. The Run for the Rivers 5K or one mile Kids Fun Run are recent festival highlights that support clean streams. Get the scoop here.
Landscapes for Rain
Get inspired on your own property or common grounds! Check out these local projects make use of important water resources and even help resolve nuisances and maintenance issues.
Wentzville Middle Takes Action with GREEN
This year marks the 14th anniversary of the GREEN partnership with schools, General Motors, Earth Force and the City of Wentzville. Students are working on several exciting civic action projects which will positively change our community while helping them hone their science, engineering, communication, and social studies skills.
2017 Student Project Topics
- Design contest to decorate Wentzville park trash cans
- Rain garden restoration at Wentzville Middle School
- Heartland Park fish habitat
- Heartland Park monarchs and native bees habitat
- Recycling outreach
- Multi-family home development recycling policy proposition
For project updates be sure to check the student project homepage and look for the student project booths at the GM Earth Day Festival, April 1st at Rotary Park.
Interested in other student GREEN projects? See what civic action minded students have accomplished in recent years.
Dry Branch Watershed: Clear Stormwater & Green Parks
Wentzville was awarded $748,015 from Region VII, US EPA, through Missouri Department of Natural Resources under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act. The project addresses nonpoint source pollution by identifying pollutants, and prioritizing and constructing solutions for our community. The Dry Branch Watershed includes areas predominantly north of I-70 that drain to McCoy Creek. Learn more.
Wentzville Streams Named
The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved nine names for streams submitted in the City's Stream Naming Contest last summer. This was part of the City's 319 Grant project to increase awareness of water quality and water resources. Press Release
Stormwater Pollution Control Ordinance