TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Transportation has received a Bronze Award for Innovation and a Silver Award for Program Management under the National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Award program. KDOT placed in two of three possible categories.
“The quality of runoff is important to the health of our rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands. Rainwater can pick up many different pollutants when it hits the ground and has no treatment facility,” said KDOT staff engineer Dale Kirmer. “It flows into our waterways through pipes and ditches. Pollutants can cause turbidity (cloudy water) and algal blooms as well as harm aquatic organisms and the ecosystem.
KDOT manages compliance in six areas of the municipal segregated storm sewer system, also known as MS4, on the state right-of-way across Kansas. To achieve this, KDOT has developed an MS4 compliance strategy that promotes stormwater quality, optimizes processes, and seeks new opportunities to minimize impacts on stormwater runoff.
The agency’s Stormwater Management Plan (SMP) includes several compliance-related elements such as:
- Promoting the Adopt-a-Highway program.
- Complete runoff requirements on construction sites for all KDOT projects.
- Continued focus on post-construction stormwater management specific to the road environment.