The Stormwater Utility was created to fund the maintenance of the City's drainage system to reduce flooding and protect property and help to pay for State and Federal mandates, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements.
Part of these requirements is the new Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) criteria created to clean up water bodies in the State of Florida, like Lake Tohopekaliga, which is impacted by poor water quality. To meet these requirements the City of Kissimmee is continuing to clean and maintain the drainage system and reaching out to educate the public about what each citizen can do to help minimize potential impacts to the environment. Additionally, monitoring sites have been installed throughout the City to determine the quality and quantity of the water flowing into Lake Tohopekaliga.
The information from these monitoring sites is being used to construct a computer model of the City’s stormwater management system. This will aid in identifying the magnitude of pollutants and the developing treatment strategies to reduce or eliminate pollutants. The monitoring stations provide real-time rainfall and water level information to the public. This information may be obtained by visiting Monitoring Stations.
After the computer model is prepared, pollutant loads verified and problem areas identified--corrective measures will be formulated and evaluated. In the future, the groundwater components of the model can be refined to simulate the regional water budget and determine potential reclaimed water opportunities. The model can also be updated by City staff for any future development and capital improvement projects. The cost of these improvement projects will be reduced by being able to identify the exact location to construct the necessary corrective measures.
- For more detailed information about the Integrated Regional Stormwater Program, please click here [PDF]
- Federal Environmental Protection Agency
- South Florida Water Management District
- Osceola County Extension Service
- General NPS Management
- Low Impact Development Center