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Stormwater Management

Stormwater Management's mission is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our citizens by providing adequate drainage and flood control within the community and to reduce the pollution of our nation's waterways by implementing a comprehensive Stormwater quality management program.

Do you wonder what the stormwater charges on your water bill mean and what they are paying for? Here is a quick rundown:

  • The ERU fee funds the Stormwater Utility and builds, maintains, and repairs the publically owned portions of the drainage system throughout the City of Wichita.
  • The ERU fee funds compliance with the pollution prevention and reduction requirements from the EPA.
  • The ERU fee also provides half of the funding for the Wichita-Valley Center Floodway (Big Ditch) maintenance and repair.
  • ERU - Stands for Equivalent Residential Unit, and is a measurement of impervious area. One ERU equals 2,139 square feet. Two ERUs equals 4,278 square feet, and so on.
  • Impervious Area - Any hard surface area (concrete, rooftop, etc.) that prevents stormwater from soaking into the soil, like it would under natural conditions. Impervious area increases the amount of runoff to the stormwater drainage system, which means that larger inlets and pipes have to be built, and maintained, in order to handle that runoff.
  • Residential properties are on a tier system paying $2.00/month for each ERU, up to a maximum of 3 ERUs. Commercial properties pay $2.00/month for every ERU the property covers.
  • The Stormwater Base Rate of $1.50/month applies to all properties and is not based on impervious area.

Report a Stormwater/Drainage Problem

Flood determination, conduit, culvert, fence, storm structure, or drainage complaint.

Report a stormwater/drainage issue

Stormwater Regulations

Design aides, Wichita/Sedgwick County Stormwater Manual, construction details, and policies.

Look up stormwater regulations

Stormwater Project Plans

Do you need to obtain a project plan and other documents? The searchable database contains subdivision drainage and master grading.

Look up stormwater project plans

MS4 Permit

expand Description : MS4 Permit ‎(4)
expand Description : MS4 Report ‎(90)
expand Description : Request for Public Involvement (Stormwater Managment Plan) ‎(1)
expand Description : Stormwater Management Program (2014-2019) ‎(1)
expand Description : Stormwater Managment Plan (2007-2012) ‎(1)

Flood Control

Construction Encroachments Within Project

Proposed construction activity within the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control project shall have City and Tulsa Corps of Engineers acceptance prior to construction. Plans and written summary of the proposed project along with supporting hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for review should be emailed to Jim Hardesty. The City manages and operates the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control project and is responsible for all construction activities located within the project's right-of-way. The City of Wichita will handle all communications with the Tulsa Corps of Engineers. Please view the attached map to see if you are within the project limits.

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All construction activity within flood control right-of-way must be in compliance with the Corps' levee construction manual EM 1110-2-1913. The following general note shall be added to the construction plans where the project limits extend into the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Project:

"The Contractor shall not stockpile any material, equipment, or rubble in the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control Right-of-Way. The Contractor shall notify Jim Hardesty, Division Manager, at (316) 268-8317 at least three working days prior to the starting of the project. He shall be provided a timetable of the project and the assurance that any damage occurring to the floodway will be rectified before completion of the project."

Routine Maintenance Tasks

  • Inspects and cleans 950 flap and sluice gates.
  • Seeds, fertilizes, and mulches 20 acres.
  • Hand cut 50 acres of trees and brush from the floodway.
  • Repairs fencing on the project.
  • Completes floodway, roadway, and levee grading as required.
  • Mows 8,612 acres.
  • Completes 400,000 cubic yards of erosion repairs.
  • Performs maintenance of the Wichita-Valley Center Flood Control project "Big Ditch".

Plans & Written Summary of Proposed Project

Send plans and written summary of proposed project along with supporting hydrologic and hydraulic modeling for review to Jim Hardesty.

P: (316) 268-8317

 Email Jim Hardesty


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​Stormwater Advisory Board

The Stormwater Advisory Board (SWAB) is comprised of a ten-member board, nine of whom are actual voting members, the tenth being an ex-offico. The board is appointed by the City Council upon recommendation from the following entities: Wichita Area Builders Association, Certified Commercial Investment Member Kansas Chapter, Wichita Area Association of Realtors, Kansas Chapter of Southwind & River City WRAPS, Sedgwick County Public Works, Wichita Public Works & Utilities, Sedgwick County Stormwater Management Advisory Board, Wichita Society of Professional Engineers, and one member upon recommendation of the Wichita City Manager. The board will conduct meetings to discuss matters pertaining to stormwater management policies and procedures within the City of Wichita. This is an open board and all meetings are open to the public.

​Appointed By
​Greg Allison
​City Manager
​Allison Herring (Ex-Officio)
​Chris Bohm
​Wichita Area Builders Association
​Don Kirkland
​Wichita Chapter Kansas Society of Professional Engineers
​Hoyt Hillman
​Sierra Club/WRAPS
​Wichita Area Association of Realtors
George Sherman
​Sedgwick County Stormwater Advisory Board
​Gary Oborny
​Kansas CCIM
​Joe Pajor
​City of Wichita Public Works & Utilities
​Jim Weber
​Sedgwick County Public Works

Meeting Calendar

All meetings are scheduled from 8:00am - 10:00am. Location of meeting is listed next to meeting date.

February 2, 2018
Sedgwick County Extension Office Meadowlark Room - 7001 W. 21st St. N.


If you have any questions about the Stormwater Advisory Board, you can contact the advisory board secretary Renee Batchman by email or (316) 268-4498.

Email Renee Batchman

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