News from the Water Services Department
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: Mary Charles, city communications officer, (816) 513-1356
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEAE: Oct. 21, 2009
Community meetings for green solutions project area
Residents in the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project area are invited to participate in “meet in the street” community meetings hosted by the City of Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department.
The first meeting will be from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 7444 Lydia Ave.; and the second will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 1123 E. 76th St. Both locations are private residences, and the meetings will be outdoors. The meetings will serve to engage the project area residents and solicit their feedback about basic neighborhood habits and activities. Residents are encouraged to attend at any time during the meeting event.
Volunteer block captains are co-hosting both meetings alongside the Water Services Department. These volunteer block captains reside in the project area and have taken an active role in working with the Water Services Department in communicating with their neighbors about this project and what it means to their community.
“We are counting on the involvement and input of the residents in this area to help ensure a successful project,” said Terry Leeds, the Water Services Department’s Overflow Control Program manager. “The benefits of using green solutions include reduction in sewer overflows, cost savings, neighborhood beautification and environmental benefits, and hopefully increasing neighborhood property values and community pride.”
The 100-acre pilot project is located within the Middle Blue River Basin and is bounded by 73rd Street to 77th Terrace and Holmes Road to Paseo Boulevard. The project will use green solutions to capture stormwater before it enters the combined sewer system thereby reducing wastewater overflows downstream. These green solutions are an alternative to more traditional gray stormwater improvements such as storage tanks and pumping facilities, and could save Kansas City’s ratepayers some money. There are more than 300 property owners in the pilot project area.
Field crews are currently completing all necessary survey work and soil sampling in the 100-acre area. This data will help city staff and engineers evaluate and design the green solutions necessary to control and store stormwater in the pilot project area. Construction is anticipated to start in summer 2010.
This project is part of the City’s Overflow Control Plan and will measure the performance of green solutions and inform future green solution designs.
For more information about the Middle Blue River Basin Green Solutions Pilot Project, visit the Water Services Department’s Web site at www.kcmo.org/targetgreen, send an e-mail to the Overflow Control Program at KC-OCPinfo@kcmo.org, or call (816) 513-0521.
The Kansas City, Mo., Water Services Department maintains and operates water collection, processing and distribution systems, stormwater management and control systems, and waste water collection and processing systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City region. Operation is funded entirely by fees charged to customers based on their use of products and services, not by taxes.