Public Education and Outreach
An MS4 operator shall develop an SWQMP that includes methods and
measurable goals that will be used to inform residents, visitors, public
service employees, commercial facilities, industrial facilities and
construction site personnel within the MS4 area about the impacts polluted
storm water runoff can have on water quality and ways they can minimize
their impact on storm water quality. The MS4 operator shall ensure, via
documentation showing a reasonable attempt was made to reach all
constituents within the MS4 area to meet this measure. Distributing
educational materials and performing outreach to inform citizens about the
impacts polluted storm water runoff discharges can have on water quality.
Controls include: Creating brochures and fact sheets for public
distribution, promoting the City of Kendallville's public website containing
educational materials and information about the City's MS4 Program.
Everyone lives in a watershed. A watershed is a system of lakes, rivers and
tributaries that convey water to a larger body of water. The City of
Kendallville is located in the St. Joseph watershed, our surface waters flow
into Lake Michigan through the Bixler Lake Ditch, Round Lake and other small
tributaries. Whatever goes into our streams and lakes around Kendallville
end up going into Lake Michigan.
Lake Michigan Watersheds
St. Joe Watershed
Leave it on the Lawn
Phosphorus in fertilizers is know to cause excessive algae growth in our
surface waters. When it rains, fertilizers are carried to storm drains by
the rain. Keep you lawns green but our waters blue by using low-phosphorus
or phosphorus-free fertilizers.
Take a look at this brochure to save
money and have a healthy lawn.
A rain garden is a great way to help manage storm water and beautify your
property. Check out the brochures below to learn more about rain gardens and
get some great ideas for your next landscaping project.
Builders and Construction Industry