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Reduce Stormwater Runoff from Your Property
Plant a Rain Garden
Adding a rain garden to your landscape is a beautiful way to slow stormwater and manage it onsite.

Disconnect Gutter Downspouts, Sump Pumps & Area Drains
Help keep excess water out of the sewer system by disconnecting downspouts, sump pumps, and area drains from the sanitary sewer system. If possible, direct the excess water to a rain garden or rain barrel.

Install a Rain Barrel
A rain barrel is a container that collects rainwater from downspouts and rooftops. The water can be used for watering on dry days, saves money, and removes excess water from sewers and our waterways. Rain barrels can be purchased from area nurseries and home improvement stores.

Vehicle Washing
Washing your car at a commercial car wash can best protect our waterways. If you do wash your car at home, there are things you can do to reduce water pollution:

Apply Fertilizer & Pesticides Sparingly
Chemicals used for lawn care enter storm drains or streams that eventually reach the Missouri River. Apply lawn chemicals correctly, and never before it rains.

Pick Up After Your Pet
Pet waste is a common contaminant in stormwater runoff. Please remember to pick up after your pet.

Keep Our Streams Clean
Everyone can help keep streams clean and maintain important stream corridors. Because streams flow to the Missouri River, they are critical for the river’s health.

Contact Us
Don Gilpin

Water Protection Office
3500 759 Highway
St. Joseph, MO 64501
Ph: 816-271-4693
Fx: 816-238-8701


Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Waste Hauler Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
8 a.m. - Noon

Sewer Backup
Ph: 816-236-1485

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