The Metro Water District details aggressive strategies and recommendations for effective watershed and wastewater management. The plans include specific tasks and milestones for implementation by local governments in order to protect the water bodies in and downstream of our region.
Within the Watershed Management Plan are five model ordinances required of all local communities as well as regional and state policy recommendations. Additional measures to be implemented by cities and countries within the Metro Water District cover watershed planning and conditions assessment, land development, stormwater asset management, pollution prevention and public awareness. Demonstrating a commitment to the Metro Water District’s goals, all local governments within the 15-counties have passed a version of their required ordinances. Further, during 2014, more than 50% of local governments within the Metro Water District were engaged in activities directly related to improving watershed health such as carrying out projects, applying for grants, or prioritizing watersheds to receive projects.
In addition to actions implemented by local governments and utilities, the Metro Water District coordinates the Clean Water Campaign, an education and outreach initiative on stormwater pollution and prevention. Visit the Clean Water Campaign website for information on:
Common residential pollutants and what you can do about it
Common business pollutants and what you can do about it
Educator lessons and activities
Middle School Essay Contest
High School Video Contest
Links and additional stormwater resources
Also protecting water in our region are the strategies and requirements outlined in the Wastewater Management Plan. The plan contains a framework to meet future wastewater treatment demands while maintaining water quality standards within the Metro Water District.