Stormwater Management

Improving Stormwater Quality


A major component of the storm water quality program is to consider how our daily activities affect storm water quality, and to modify our activities as a community to improve the quality of water in our local ponds and streams.

Rainwater is fine until it hits the ground. The rain water then picks up a multitude of pollutants on its way downstream, such as fertilizer, pesticides, oil, and many more. The quality of local watercourses and wildlife habitats become diminished because the water is not treated before arriving at our local ponds and creeks.

Thus, the City of McPherson encourages the philosophy of "only rain in the drain." Residents are encouraged to consider preventative measures and report illicit situations. Use Request Tracker to report illegal discharge situations.

Preventative Measures


If our community takes measures to prevent erosion and sediment runoff from entering our storm water system, we can drastically improve the conditions of our local watercourses. Good old common sense will go a long way. Here are some examples:

  • Consider using a car wash.
  • Contain waste oil and take it to a recycling center.
  • Do not use a gutter or storm inlet as a means of disposing of yard waste.
  • Don’t fertilize your lawn if there is a chance for rain.
  • Sweep your driveway rather than washing it down.
  • Use pesticides sparingly on lawns and gardens, and only after considering more natural methods of control.
  • Utilize yard waste composting facilities for leaves and grass clippings or try a mulching mower.

Nonpoint Source Pollution


For more information on nonpoint pollution, visit the Environmental Protection Agency website.

Stormwater Management Policy
The Stormwater Management Policy covers policies and design procedures for stormwater management in the City of McPherson. The primary goal of stormwater management from a quantity standpoint is to provide stormwater conveyance in such a manner that life and property are protected and that reasonable emergency access is provided during major storm events. Secondary goals address erosion control, maintenance of the stormwater system and aesthetic considerations.