Stormwater Education and Outreach

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    Welcome to the Stormwater Utility Education Website

    The City of Columbia Stormwater Education and Outreach Program helps educate local residents about stormwater topics such as what stormwater is, how it becomes polluted, and how individuals can help protect our local streams, creeks and recreational waterways. Our website provides educational information, photos of projects, events photos and videos of stormwater improvements, infrastructure updates, volunteer activities and tips for homeowners and a variety of other information on stormwater.

    WHY WORRY ABOUT STORMWATER?

    When it rains, the water that runs along the gutters on your street seems to disappear down the storm drains. But have you ever wondered where the water goes from there? It does not go to a wastewater treatment plant, so no pollution is removed from the water. This rain water, or polluted runoff (people pollution), comes from things we do every day. Anything you dump or drop on the ground adds to polluted runoff. Anything that enters the stormwater system is discharged untreated into the waterways we use for swimming, fishing, hunting and providing drinking water.

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    Stormwater 101 – Educational Videos and Information

    Learn more about the issue and what you can do to make difference in the community.

    WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?

    STORMWATER VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

    Join our Stream Team “The CRAWDADS

    Join Us to help Cleanup Columbia

    Cleanups every second Saturday of the month! clean up volunteers– STREAM TEAM CLEANUP DATES IN 2018 –  COMING SOON!!!

    Volunteer to mark storm drains in your area!

    No experience necessary! Supplies and directions are provided.

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    Educational Activities for Groups and Clubs

    Invite the Stormwater Educator come speak to your group or organization

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    VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS CITYWIDE

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    Adopt-A-Garden Program

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    COMO COMMON GROUND GARDENS

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    H.H.W Collection Aide

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    Annual Hinkson Clean Sweep

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    C.A.R.P Volunteer

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    Annual Cleanup Columbia

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    TreeKeepers Volunteer

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    Adopt-A-Spot Beautification

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    Adopt-A-Spot Litter Control

    WHAT IS THE CITY DOING TO IMPROVE STORMWATER?

    COMO Common Ground

    ADDITIONAL OUTREACH & EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

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    I & I Reduction ProgramSewer I & I Reduction Program mechanical deviceCapen Micro-Climate Weather Station

    COMO RAIN BARREL SALE

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    Stay up to date with our Facebook Page

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    Boone County, City of Columbia and the University of Missouri coordinate stormwater activities. The three institutions are joint holders of a Phase II Stormwater Permit issued by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

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