Protecting Water Resources

Protected WaterwayProtecting waterways with stream buffers and restoration keeps streams healthy.

The water running through Overland Park's streams and rivers is important to residents as well as neighbors downstream. These waterways host a variety of unique plants, insects, fish and amphibians that are essential to the food chain.

Protecting these waterways is key to keeping our natural resources clean. Consider these steps taken by Overland Park:

  • Stream corridor protection
  • Habitat enhancement. St. Andrew's Golf Course and the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens have been enhanced to create better living space for wildlife.
  • Native plantings. Native grasses and plants are beneficial to this area because they require less maintenance and fewer chemicals to grow well. Also, the roots grow very deep and break up tight clay soil, helping infiltration and stabilization. The city uses native grass, such as buffalo, in many roadway projects. It is low-maintenance and requires less mowing and watering.
  • Stormwater Pollution
  • Dog waste bag dispensers. Ten dispensers have been installed at various streamway parks to help reduce bacteria pollution from pet waste. Please help the city by picking up after your pet and by reporting empty dispensers and vandalism.
  • Lake management. There are five lakes that are managed by the city. Neighborhood lakes and ponds are an important recreation benefit to residents providing animal habitat, serenity, fishing and more. Originally, many lakes and ponds were not built for recreation but instead to detain the stormwater that ran off a newly developed subdivision or office complex. When enhancing lakes and ponds, the city plants taller grasses and trees creating a buffer that will filter pollution and provide bank stability.
  • Stormwater treatment facility