Streams + Watersheds

Overland Park has more than 70 miles of streams and rivers. It runs through multiple watersheds.

A watershed is an area of land in which all water, including rainwater, drains to a common waterway, like a nearby creek, river or lake.

Homes and businesses in Overland Park are part of the Turkey Creek and Blue River watersheds. Camp Creek, Wolf Creek, Coffee Creek, Tomahawk Creek, and Indian Creek in Overland Park flow into the Blue River.

Healthy Yards

Taking simple steps in your yard can improve water quality. Help keep Overland Park’s landscape both beautiful and healthy by

Stormwater Runoff

As stormwater runoff flows over land and impervious surfaces, it picks up sediment, contaminants, litter, nutrients, and other pollutants which then discharge, untreated, into the waterways within Overland Park.

Unmanaged stormwater could adversely affect these waterways by causing water pollution, stream bank erosion, and even flooding.

You can prevent stormwater pollution by following basic sustainability best practices around your home.

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System

Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming and other activities.

Overland Park minimizes stormwater runoff impact by implementing best management practices. These include:

  • developing a stormwater quality management plan
  • submitting an annual compliance report
  • maintaining compliance with the national pollution discharge elimination permit requirements.

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