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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2008
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, 816-513-0232, colleen_doctorian@kcmo.org
Public Information Officer, Water Services Department, City of Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City recognized by EPA

Once again, Kansas City’s commitment to the use of green infrastructure has received national attention.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s November 2008 Green Infrastructure newsletter recognized Kansas City’s commitment to the use of green infrastructure to reduce sewer overflows and provide sustainable stormwater solutions. The green infrastructure improvements will be made as part of the City's Overflow Control Plan.

Kansas City's Water Services Department recently announced that preliminary work has begun on another green solutions pilot project as part of the Wet Weather Solutions Program. It is believed that the 100-acre pilot project will be the largest installation of green solutions for combined sewer overflow control currently being planned for construction in the United States. The general area of the project is south of 73rd Street between Troost Avenue and Paseo Boulevard.

Green solutions are an alternative to traditional stormwater management improvements. Possible green solutions that will be considered include:

    • street trees

    • stormwater planters

    • curb extension swales

    • catch basin retrofits in the road and street rights-of-way

    • replacement of sidewalks in road and street rights-of-way with permeable pavement

    • replacement of pavement outside of road and street rights-of-way with permeable pavement

“Green solutions are a major component of the Water Services Department’s Wet Weather Solutions program” said Assistant City Manager and acting Water Services Director John Franklin. “This project is a prime example of the City’s focus on green solutions that will utilize innovative design to reduce stormwater runoff and capture it on-site.”

The Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management and wastewater collection and treatment for residential and business customers in Kansas City, Missouri. Water Services produces the No. 1 ranked tap water in the country. The department also sells water to 33 wholesale customers in the metro area and treats wastewater for 27 satellite customers. Operation of all three utilities is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not taxes.

    
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