According to a recent government survey, 40 percent of U.S. water bodies were still impaired by pollution, failing to meet government standards. It’s a problem we contribute to – most of the time unknowingly – when we let harmful pollutants run into our storm drains and enter our waterways.
The City of Grand Island, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ), are currently in the process of developing and implementing stormwater pollution controls. The common goal of these programs is to reduce pollutants that enter our nation’s water bodies.
Stormwater pollution is a challenging water quality problem. Unlike pollution from industry or sewage treatment facilities, which is caused by a discrete number of sources, stormwater pollution is caused by the daily activities of people everywhere. With help from industry, builders, and members of the community efforts to keep the Platte River and surrounding bodies of water free from runoff pollution will help us meet this goal.
It is our hope this website will provide you with as much information as possible about stormwater pollution, it's effects, and what can be done to protect our surface and ground waters.
Have you noticed an activity that might pollute the storm water in your community? Call (308) 389-0270 to notify us of a problem, or contact us via email at the Public Works Department and we will be happy to answer your questions.