Storm Water Infrastructure

At the time SD1 entered into Interlocal Agreements with the cities and counties of Northern Kentucky in 2003, ownership and maintenance of the public storm sewer systems remained with local governments. However, the Interlocal Agreements planned for SD1 to assume ownership and maintenance of public storm water infrastructure in the future as funding would allow. To date, 29 cities and 3 counties in Northern Kentucky have transferred ownership and maintenance responsibilities of their storm sewer systems to SD1. As part of the Regional Storm Water Management Program, SD1 operates and maintains nearly 450 miles of publicly-owned storm sewers and 32,500 storm structures. For a list of communities that have transferred ownership of public storm sewer systems to SD1, click here.

SD1’s Storm Water Capital Improvement Program funds a variety of projects to improve water quality and manage storm water quantity through upgrades to and replacement of existing public storm water infrastructure. SD1 also offers cost-sharing opportunities for cities and counties to install new public storm infrastructure or other improvements to improve existing public drainage conditions. In addition to these types of projects, SD1 continues to explore opportunities to develop comprehensive solutions to storm water quantity and quality issues through storm water master planning in various watersheds. For more information on storm water projects in your neighborhood, click here.

For more information on SD1’s Storm Water Capital Improvement Program or to report flooding problems, call 859-578-7450. 

Implementing Storm Water Best Management Practices

The use of innovative storm water best management practices (BMPs) that focus on reintroducing natural features like wetlands and other vegetation to the region is another important piece of storm water management. Storm water BMPs mimic nature’s ability to clean and retain storm water, protecting water quality and minimizing the erosion of creeks and rivers. 

Undeveloped landscapes like grassy areas, forests and wetlands act like sponges, slowing down and soaking up storm water runoff before it enters our drainage systems, preventing overflows and naturally filtering the water of harmful pollutants. Traditional infrastructure approaches to managing storm water include systems of concrete curbs, gutters and pipes. BMPs and innovative solutions, however, include rain gardens, vegetated roofs, biofiltration swales and planter boxes, among others. 

Storm water BMPs can provide additional environmental, economic and social benefits to the Northern Kentucky community. These solutions beautify neighborhoods while effectively managing storm water runoff and may also restore habitats for birds and wildlife in urban settings. BMPs can provide outdoor recreational opportunities or be incorporated into existing recreation areas. Storm water BMPs provide our community with a cost-effective way to comply with regulations and improve water quality in our watersheds.

To download the fact sheets of examples of innovative storm water BMPs constructed in Northern Kentucky, click on the links below:

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