In March 2017, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Public Works Council announced the City of Kennedale's status as a Certified – Silver Integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM) Community. At that time, Kennedale was one of only four certified iSWM Communities – along with Denton, Grand Prairie, and Frisco. Kennedale has also been
recognized as one of the 14 “Founding” Communities in the iSWM Program. The Stormwater Program is funded by Stormwater Utility Rates (which appear on your monthly utility billing).
Be Part of the Solution to Stormwater Pollution
In the City of Kennedale, the stormwater system is separate from the sanitary sewer system. When it rains, oil, antifreeze, detergents, pesticides and other pollutants are washed from driveways, yards, parking lots, and streets into storm
How can I Help?
fertilizersand pesticides as directed.
- Keep grass clippings, trash, and dirt off the streets and out of the gutter.
- Recycle used motor oil - do not dump! Most automotive stores collect waste oil.
- Park your car on the grass before washing.
- Spread the word about protecting our waters from polluted runoff to friends and family.
A watershed is
As we develop land, creating more impervious surfaces such as rooftops, sidewalks, and streets, rain water has less area to soak into the soil. Instead, it flows over streets and sidewalks into storm drains that empty into our waterways, sometimes at high velocities which can cause erosion.
Rainwater also picks up pollutants such as sediment from small construction sites, contaminants washed from streets, and
Residential Stormwater Tips
If stormwater picks up debris like dirt, grass clippings, and other yard waste, it can block catch
basins, pipes, and other stormwater conveyance systems and result in the flooding of streets, homes,
and cause other damage. It is also important to know that everything that enters the stormwater
system is discharged into Village Creek untreated. To help
- To prevent flooding, do not leave yard waste in the street or sweep into a storm drain.
- Use pesticides and
fertilizerssparingly and well in advance of a storm event to minimizealgae growth.
- Do not over water your lawn and abide by the Outdoor Water Use Schedules and Restrictions.
- Collect rainwater from your roof in a rain barrel and use during dry months.
- Repair leaks and dispose of used auto fluids and batteries at designated drop-off or recycling locations.
- Use a commercial car wash that treats or recycles its wastewater, or wash your car on your yard so the water infiltrates into the ground.
- When walking your pet, remember to pick up the waste and dispose of it properly.
Automotive Repair and Maintenance
How Can It Impact Stormwater?
One of the leading sources of stormwater pollution is automobile fluids. Automotive Repair/Maintenance facilities are considered to be stormwater “Hotspots”, due to the volume of hydrocarbons, trace metals, and other pollutants found onsite. Common pollutants that can
be found at these type facilities include:
- Motor Oils
- Brake Fluid
- Lubricating Grease
- Solvents (Paints and Paint Thinners)
- Fuels (Gasoline, Diesel, Kerosene)
To prevent stormwater pollution, automobile products should be properly handled and
stored. For example, make sure waste containers are in good condition, secure, and kept
away from water resources. Some additional best management practices (BMPs) for
Automotive Repair/Maintenance facilities include:
- All activities should be in a contained area on either a concrete or asphalt surface
- Mix the right amount of paint needed for the job
- Use less toxic substances, when available
- Use funnels or pumps when handling liquids or wastes
- Never discharge any waste into a street, ditch, or stream
Construction Industry Stormwater Tips
Stormwater runoff caused by construction can have a major impact on the environment. Two such impacts are erosion and sedimentation. As the soil is disturbed in preparation for a construction project, the soil becomes less stable and protected. As stormwater passes over this loose soil, it carries the soil away, transporting it to lakes and streams. The added soil clouds the water, which keeps aquatic plants from growing, and may pose a threat to fish and wildlife. Debris and hazardous waste produced during construction are other sources of pollution that can impact our environment. Maintaining your Best Management Practices (BMPs) will help minimize your impact on the environment as well as help beautify our community as it continues to grow. Consider the following practices:
- Install key sediment control practices before site grading begins.
- Minimize the amount of exposed soil.
- Identify and protect areas where existing vegetation, such as trees, will not be disturbed by construction activity.
- Protect streams, stream buffers, woodlands, wetlands, or other sensitive areas from any disturbance or construction activity by fencing and/or otherwise clearly marking these areas.
- Inspect and maintain silt fences after each rainstorm.
- Make sure the bottom of the silt fence is buried in the ground.
- Securely attach the material to the stakes.
- Make sure stormwater is not flowing around the silt fence.
- Remove mud and dirt from the tires of construction vehicles before they enter a paved roadway.
- Make sure that the construction entrance does not become buried in soil.
- Street sweep regularly at the construction entrance to prevent dirt from entering storm drains. Do not hose paved areas.