Stormwater runoff is generated when precipitation from rain and snowmelt events flows over land or impervious surfaces and does not percolate into the ground. As the runoff flows over the land or impervious surfaces (paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops), it accumulates debris, chemicals, sediment or other pollutants that could adversely affect water quality if the runoff is discharged untreated.
As part of an effort to protect one of our most cherished resources, water, Great Bend has begun developing a program to preserve the quality of our nearby waterways. Under the guidance of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Great Bend has developed a stormwater quality program. This stormwater quality program is designed to protect streams, rivers, and other internal drainage retention areas of the community from pollution.
The primary method to control stormwater discharges is the use of best management practices (BMPs). Great Bend Stormwater Quality Program is designed to ensure that proper BMPs are being followed by citizens, builders, and developers alike.