What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is rain that runs off surfaces such as rooftops, paved streets, driveways, and roads. As it travels, it can pick up contaminants that end up in our public waterways. Left unchecked, stormwater contaminants and pollution have detrimental effects on our water quality and natural habitat and cause flooding and erosion problems.

Managing Stormwater

The City of Bonner Springs is regulated by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program to manage its stormwater so everyone in Bonner Springs has cleaner creeks, streams, ponds, and lakes to enjoy. The program provides residents with water quality protection, watershed planning, and stormwater management.

Tips for Reducing Water Pollution

  • Don't over use fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn. Follow the instructions on the product.
  • Don't throw trash, chemicals, or solvents into storm drains.
  • If you do your own oil changes, take the used oil to an auto repair shop where it can be recycled or disposed of properly.
  • Inspect your septic system every three to five years.
  • Use nontoxic cleaning materials.
  • Wash your car on a grassy area instead of in the driveway where water can wash into a storm drain.
Raking Leaves


Protecting the Environment is good for everyone. We must remember that the storm drains in your areas ultimately flow to the Kansas River and protecting our Streams,Rivers and Lakes are vital to our Quality of Life. During the fall months it is important to protect our environment by using proper procedures when dealing with all of those fallen leaves.
Please do not rake or blow your leaves from your yard into the street. Leaves become a slippery mess that can cause localized flooding and pedestrian, bicycle and motor vehicle accidents.

Rotting leaves diminish the life span of the asphalt that's underneath them.
For leaves that have fallen into the street, please keep them out of the channel right along the curb, where they will block the path of rainwater. Rake them at least one foot from the curb.
Raking leaves into the street or the stormwater system is illegal.
All leaves should be bagged and disposed of properly. Burn permits may be obtained for leaves, please see permit requirements on the Fire Department webpage located on this website.

Storm Water Backup Clean Up Requirements

Basement Flooding

Repairing Your Flooded Home