Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is often primarily focused on managing the quantity of stormwater generated during storm events. To provide drainage, street intakes and storm sewer pipes are designed to convey stormwater to the local waterways (i.e., streams, ditches, rivers, and lakes) in order to minimize water from ponding on streets and yards.

To comply with federal regulations, University Heights implements a stormwater management program which also takes into consideration the quality of stormwater runoff by using practices that reduce the discharge of pollutants often found in stormwater. The program is designed to protect water quality and satisfy the appropriate requirements of the Clean Water Act.

What is the issue?

Pollutants accumulate on impervious surfaces between rainfall events. Stormwater can pick up trash, chemicals, oils, dirt, and other pollutants and flow into a storm sewer system or directly into a local waterway.

What can you do to protect water quality?

  • Do not litter. 
  • Clean up after your pets.
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly. 
  • Report potentially hazardous spills or dumping: 356-6800.
  • Lawn care and yard waste:
    • Use fertilizer, herbicide and pesticide products sparingly. 
    • Plant trees and shrubs.
    • Re-direct roof drains to gardens or other vegetated areas.
    • Do not mow or blow grass clippings, leaves, or other lawn debris onto city streets.
    • Dispose of yard waste properly.
  •  Learn more in Stormwater Regulations in University Heights (PDF).