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stormwater leaves drainUnder the NPDES Permit requirements, the City of Lexington is responsible for the quality of the stormwater that drains into the storm sewer system and discharges to state waters. To address these requirements, the City has developed a comprehensive stormwater management program that addresses public education, public participation, illicit discharge detection and elimination, construction site runoff control, post-construction stormwater management and good housekeeping in municipal operations.

Why is stormwater runoff a problem?

Stormwater runoff carries sediment, fertilizers, oil, gas and other particulates that are on the ground into our streams and water bodies. This stormwater runoff can result in: 

  • Rivers, lakes and streams that may be too dirty to fish in, to swim in, or to drink from
  • Increased levels of fecal bacteria in the water
  • Excess nutrients in the water causing algae blooms, fish kills and increased water treatment costs

The most visible consequence of stormwater runoff is flash flooding and the damage it brings. As land is developed, more and more stormwater runs directly to streams or rivers; sometimes more water than streams and rivers can hold. The additional water overflows and may flood streets, businesses and homes.

Why is proper disposal of leaves, grass and other waste important?

There are many ways you can improve water quality in your neighborhood. Small steps you make to clean up pet waste, hazardous waste, or to maintain your septic system properly can make a big difference. Check out the links to some brochures on these topics below:

Pick Up Your Pet's Waste
Household Hazardous Waste
Illicit Discharge
Landscaping to Improve Water Quality

For more information, please visit our partners at Stormwater Smart to learn how you can contribute to improving water quality in your area.