Overland Park is part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting program, which is a piece of the federal Clean Water Act that works toward keeping streams and rivers clean.
Stormwater runoff is directed to the storm drain system and flows directly into streams and rivers without treatment. This permit program requires the city to minimize stormwater pollution by implementing "best management practices" in each of these areas:
- Public education;
- Public involvement;
- Illicit discharge detection and elimination;
- Construction Site Runoff;
- Stormwater treatment from new development and redevelopment; and
- Pollution prevention and good housekeeping in municipal operations.
The City Council approves the city's application that outlines specific activities, deadlines and measurable goals.