When leaves fall to the ground, they eventually break down and provide nutrients for the soil, helping prepare more plants to grow in the spring. When you keep leaves out of the street you help your yard AND the storm sewer system, which can get clogged with leaves as they freeze and take up valuable space designated for water. If you don’t like the look of leaves in your yard, take advantage of the City of Kearney’s landfill which is open Monday-Friday from 8a.m.-5p.m. For more specific information about the landfill click here.
Please click the links below for more information on how individual business can help prevent stormwater runoff pollution!!
Construction sites should implement a stabilized entrance, commonly referred to as a ‘rock entrance,’ in multiple cases:
- Where dirt or mud can be tracked onto roads
- If they’re adjacent to water bodies
- If they have poorly compacted soil
- Where dust is a problem during dry weather
The City of Kearney has detailed specifications on rock entrances in the Public Works Department link at the sediment and erosion control details page.
A good soil is just like a good recipe, they both need key ingredients to be successful. The two main ingredients in soil are sand and clay. Various other minerals like limestone, sulfer, and others are added to it in smaller doses. A “good” soil is considered a medium loam and roughly consists of:
- 10% coarse sand
- 45% fine sand
- 20% silt
- 15% clay
- 10% organic material
Please visit landscaping.about.com for more information on soil amending.
Heat generated from bacteria causes the compost pile to stay warm and active, no matter which season you’re in. Ideally, new material should be added to the composting system during turning and mixing to keep the pile the most active. Visit www.earth911.com to find more information on different composting methods including hot, cold, sheet, and trench composting. Also, to find out what items are good types of compost click here for lists of acceptable and unacceptable materials.
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Stormwater runoff comes from precipitation events and when snow/ice melts onto impervious surfaces. An inch of rain on an acre of land is equivalent to 27,154 gallons of water with a weight of 113 tons. This water transports many pollutants, including but not limited to sediment, oil, grease, fertilizers, bacteria from pet waste, and litter/trash. Stormwater DOES NOT get treated prior to being flushed into waterways.
Infiltration practices are designs that enhance water percolation through the soil and remove pollutants in the process. A ‘Rain Garden’ is a common residential design, and an aesthetically appealing project! As snow melts, it’s runoff accumulates in these depressed/trenched areas. Captured water generally leaves to the neighboring soils within 48 hours. Directing water from roof downspouts or paved areas enable the removal of pollutants prior to discharge into receiving waters. For more information visit the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation.
Good Housekeeping/Pollution Prevention
Minimum Control Measure (MCM) #6 of the Stormwater Management Plan
The purpose of this MCM is to minimize the effect of the municipality’s efforts to the contribution of stormwater pollutants into receiving waters of the state. Operations have been identified that have the greatest likelihood to cause pollution to stormwater runoff. The municipal employees, the facilitators of those operations, are educated and trained in standard operation procedures for reducing pollutants from entering the storm sewer system. Actions that are performed are noted on the City of Kearney’s website, in the Smart Maps link, or by clicking here.
Post-Construction Stormwater Management
Minimum Control Measure (MCM) #5 of the Stormwater Management Plan
The purpose of this MCM is to ensure the quality of water leaving a previously completed construction site remains continuously treated prior to leaving the property. With the implementation of specifically required Stormwater Treatment Facilities (STFs) the quality of water will have the best chance of remaining clean prior to entering the receiving waters of the state (Platte and Wood Rivers).