Kansas Stormwater-Municipalities regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Kansas Stormwater-Municipalities: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Kansas Water Supply and Sewage Act, Kansas Statutes Annotated (KS Stat. Ann.) 65-161 to 65-171w

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Water pollution control: KS Stat. Ann. 65-3301 to 65-3329

Regulatory Agencies

Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)Bureau of WaterIndustrial and Municipal Programs Sections

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Region 7

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Kansas is fully authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program for stormwater discharges associated with municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). See the national section STORMWATER—MUNICIPALITIES for more information on the federal MS4 stormwater program.

Administration and enforcement. KDHE's Bureau of Water administers both state and federal stormwater permitting requirements for MS4s. Enforcement responsibility is jointly held between the KDHE and EPA's Region 7 office.

State Requirements


Municipalities that are designated as MS4s under the NPDES stormwater permit program are required to be covered under a stormwater general permit. Applications are due within 180 days of a municipality's designation as an MS4 under the NPDES stormwater permit program. There is a first-year permit fee of $60. A Notice of Intent (NOI) is required and must include:

  • Name and address of permit applicant and local contact
  • Identification of the river basin and subbasin to which the MS4 discharges
  • Location map/boundaries for the municipality
  • Location in urbanized area
  • Indication of whether ...

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