Storm Water Management

What is storm water?

Storm water is water from rain or melting snow. It flows from rooftops, over paved streets, sidewalks and parking lots, across bare soil, and through lawns and storm drains. As it flows, runoff collects and transports soil, pet waste, salt, pesticides, fertilizer, oil and grease, litter and other pollutants. This water drains directly into our lake.  Polluted storm water runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.

The public plays an active role in helping keep storm water clean. The best way to protect our water sources through storm water management is to limit what enters storm sewers and waterways. Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the lake we use for swimming, fishing, and boating. The primary method to control storm water quality is through the use of best management practices (BMP).

 

The Best Management Practices the City of Carter Lake has in place currently:

  • Carter Lake Club Rain Gardens

  • P Street Garden French Drain

  • French Drains located on Ave. Q between 13th and 14th Street

  • City Hall Complex Rain Garden

  • Carter Lake Public Library Rain Garden

  • Bio-Swale located at 1500 Lindwood Drive

 

 

 

How to Help Prevent Storm Water Runoff Pollution:

  • Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and gutters.

  • Seed bare spots in your yard

  • Compost your yard waste

  • Direct downspouts away from paved surfaces; consider a rain garden to capture runoff

  • Take your car to the carwash instead of washing it in the driveway.

  • Check your car for leaks and recycle your motor oil

  • Pick up after your pet

  • Never dump anything down storm drains or into the lake

  • Residents are encouraged to submit complaints on storm water issues, call 712-347-6320 or 712-847-0535.

 

Storm Water Complaint Form

Form

Managing Storm Water In Iowa Communities - Implementing New Requirements

 

Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report - Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (without Supplemental Documents)

2015 Annual Report - Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (without Supplemental Documents)

2014 Annual Report - Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (without Supplemental Documents)

2013 Annual Report - Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (without Supplemental Documents)