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The City of Richmond’s Stormwater Website is dedicated to keeping the public informed about the development and success of the Stormwater Phase II Initiative ; how the community can be actively involved in the process and help us produce beneficial results, and continue to be a successful MS4 Community. An MS4 Community is owned by a state, city, town, village or other public entity that discharges to waters of the U.S.; designed or used to collect or convey stormwater (including storm drains, pipes, ditches, etc.); not a combined sewer; and not part of a publicly owned treatment works (sewage treatment plant). Please come back and visit often for updates and exciting news!

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What is Stormwater?

Stormwater is the rain and snow that runs off rooftops, roads, sidewalks, and other surfaces that are impervious, or cannot absorb water. This stormwater runoff affects water quality when it runs into yards and roads, collecting harmful pollutants such as motor oil, fertilizer, and other litter. This litter is known as illicit discharge.

What Does It Affect?

After collecting the harmful pollutants, the stormwater then is discharged into creeks, streams, rivers, oceans and other sources of water. This causes poor water quality and a poor environment for the wildlife and aquatic inhabitants.

Stormwater runoff also affects water quantity. The stormwater runoff gains speed as it travels across rooftops and yards, causing erosion, but also carrying sediment with it as it travels. This sediment can cause build up in the rivers, streams, creeks, lakes, etc… and cause them to fill in and destroy aquatic habitats.


Why is Public Education Beneficial?

  • Gain Greater Citizen Compliance and Support
  • Greater Number of Volunteers
  • Citizens May Become Involved With Other Government and Community Organizations.
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Illicit discharge can be defined as direct or indirect non-storm water substance, pollutant, or hazardous material disposed, deposited, spilled, poured, injected, seeped, dumped, leaked, or placed by any means, intentionally or unintentionally, into storm sewers, culverts, drainage ditches, swales, creeks, rivers, or any other storm water conveyance system.

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How Can You Be Actively Involved in Stormwater Management

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See section 514.5 of the Development Ordinance for storm water basic design criteria.

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City Hall

Physical Address
239 West Main St.
Richmond, KY 40475
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 250
Richmond, KY
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm
Phone: 859.623.1000
Fax: 859.623.7618