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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 10, 2008
CONTACT: Colleen Doctorian, 816-513-0232,
Public Information Officer, Water Services Department, City of Kansas City, Missouri

WSD receives $1.4 million EPA Grant for Green Redevelopment of Beacon Hill

Kansas City, Missouri Water Services (WSD) has been awarded $1,474,500 to implement green stormwater infrastructure improvements in conjunction with the Beacon Hill Redevelopment Project, located west of Bruce R. Watkins Drive from 22nd Street to 27th Street in Kansas City, Mo from the EPA.

Assistant City Manager and Acting WSD Director John Franklin said, “This project will work to combine green infrastructure with stormwater improvements as well as make improvements to the water and sewer infrastructure. The Beacon Hill Redevelopment Project will include bio-retention, pervious paving and rain gardens and is among the largest housing redevelopment projects in the country utilizing green infrastructure.”

Bio-retention cells and rain gardens are small landscaped, graded areas that are constructed with a special soil mix that can absorb and filter runoff. Low maintenance, water-tolerant plants are often used in these rain gardens. These landscaping elements aid in reducing stormwater runoff, removing pollutants and replenishing the aquifer. WSD will work with residents to design and construct rain gardens on 50 sites throughout the project area. This grant complements and further enhances the City’s commitment to green infrastructure. The project will maximize stormwater infiltration, reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff, improve water quality, and promote plant diversity.

The Kansas City, Missouri Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management and wastewater collection and treatment for residential and business customers in Kansas City, Missouri. Water Services produces the No. 1 ranked tap water in the country. The department also sells water to 33 wholesale customers in the metro area and treats wastewater for 27 satellite customers. Operation of all three utilities is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not taxes

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