Storm Water Information for Northern Kentucky Residents

Illicit Discharges 

Illicit discharges include any discharge into a separate storm sewer system that is not composed entirely of storm water. An illicit discharge can enter the storm sewer system through an illegal direct connection into the storm sewer or indirectly through cracked pipes, spills or dumping. Common examples of illicit discharges include the connection of sanitary laterals to the storm sewer system, the dumping of chemicals, paint and oil into catch basins and spills from roadway accidents. Illicit discharges can cause severe impacts to water quality as these discharges are untreated before they enter local waterways. Pollutants associated with illicit discharges include bacteria, paint, toxins, oil and grease, solvents and nutrients.

To report an illicit discharge or water quality concern, call SD1 at 859-578-7450. For more information on SD1’s Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination Program, click here.

Storm Water Advisory Committee

Northern Kentucky’s Regional Storm Water Management Program was developed to comply with storm water regulations issued by the U.S. EPA to reduce pollutants in storm water runoff. SD1 has managed these regulations on behalf of the Northern Kentucky region since 2003. SD1 values the voice of Northern Kentucky residents, and to gain feedback from Northern Kentucky residents, SD1 has developed the Storm Water Advisory Committee (SWAC) comprised of community members including industry stakeholders, developers, engineers, environmentalists and citizens. The SWAC meets at least once each year to discuss the latest developments in the Storm Water Management Program, as well as to provide feedback on new storm water policies developed to meet state and federal storm water regulations. If you are interested in joining SD1’s SWAC to learn about the latest developments in storm water management and to share your thoughts and ideas related to the storm water program, please click here to complete an application.

Public Service Park

Public Service Park (PSP), located at SD1’s administrative office at 1045 Eaton Drive in Ft. Wright, is dedicated to those who enhance Northern Kentucky's quality of life through public service. PSP features examples of environmental best management practices (BMPs) utilized to manage storm water runoff, such as vegetated swales, porous pavement and a vegetated roof. PSP also provides an interactive educational opportunity to learn about the importance of storm water management and the need to reduce the amount of pollution entering Northern Kentucky’s local waterways. For more information about PSP and educational opportunities at PSP, click here.

Storm Water Best Management Practices

Storm water BMPs are natural and manmade methods and systems utilized to manage the quantity and improve the quality of storm water runoff. Examples of BMPs include rain gardens, vegetated swales, porous pavement and vegetated roofs. Storm water BMPs not only remove pollutants in storm water runoff, but also promote infiltration of storm water into the ground and evaporation of storm water into the atmosphere, which helps restore Northern Kentucky’s natural water system. Storm water BMPs are cost-effective practices for managing storm water runoff and provide additional benefits to the community, such as beautifying urban areas and providing habitat for wildlife. 

Several types of BMPs can be implemented on residential property to manage storm water runoff from your roof, sidewalk and driveway, including rain gardens, rain barrels and infiltration drains. Contact SD1 to learn more about BMPs that may be implemented on your property. 
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