Kansas City’s Sewer System – “Where We’ve Come From and Where We’re Headed”
Published: March 12, 2014
Presentation by Lara Isch, Water Quality Educator for Kansas City Water Services
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Work has begun on an unprecedented 25-year, $2.5 billion project to reduce overflows from Kansas City’s combined and separate sewer systems. Kansas City’s largest ever infrastructure project, it is utilizing a laundry list of green surface projects to reduce stormwater as well as underground infrastructure to separate combined sewer systems.
Lara Isch, Water Quality Educator for Kansas City Water Services, discussed the history of Kansas City’s combined and separate sewer systems, the development of the federally mandated Overflow Control Program and how the program aims to improve water quality and reduce sewer overflows over the next 22 years.
She also discussed the results of the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project, step one in the Overflow Control Program.
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Resources and Links
- Click here to download presentation flier (pdf)
- Info on Overflow Control Program (KC Water Services)
- Video: “Kansas City, Missouri’s Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project”– posted by GOforKC
- Research: “Character and Trends of Water Quality in the Blue River Basin – 1998-2007” – US Geological Survey
- Article: “Getting Control”, June 2010, Municipal Sewer & Water Magazine
- Article: “Using Green to Make Blue: KCMO’s Plan to Reduce Combined Sewer Overflow ” – by Bridging the Gap
- Article: “Seeing Green: Green Infrastructure Pilot Provides Valuable Lessons for KCMO” – WaterWorld Magazine
- Article: “Kansas City’s Green Solutions Pilot Project Brings Success to the Surface for Combined Sewer Overflows” – October 2012 issue of Stormwater journal
The Big Muddy Speakers Series in Kansas City
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- Little Blue River Watershed Coalition
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