- Stormwater infrastructure maintenance;
- Standing water (48 hrs or longer) that cannot be resolved with finish grading;
- Issues causing a potential for loss of life or damage to public infrastructures or buildings;
- Conflict with emergency access;
- Potential for high risk stream bank erosion on multiple properties; or
- Potential for water quality degradation. Learn how to identify and report pollution.
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Tips for Drainage on Your Property
- Make sure the ground and downspouts slope away from foundations.
- Keep fencing slightly above drainage areas, rather than at ground level.
- Ensure yard drainage is not diverted or blocked (by patios, pools, planters, sheds).
- Routinely inspect and remove debris such as leaves from stormwater structures.
If your home is new, your developer may help resolve finish grading issues. If not, here are options to manage problematic areas:
- Try rain gardening or installing a french drain to bring the water below the surface.
- Install a rain barrel to collect water from downspouts and use it to water your landscaping. How to Build and Install a Rain Barrel Slideshow
- Secret of My Soggy Success (Homeowners' Association Symposium presentation)
If water is causing erosion, feel free to contact us to help determine the source and recommend solutions.
Detention & Retention Basins
A Note about Buying Property
It pays to do research before buying property, since you may be financially responsible for drainage or erosion issues. The City Public Works and Community Development departments are available to assist you with any questions. Please contact the Customer Service Center. The St. Charles County Soil & Water Conservation District also has free soil surveys and offers technical assistance; call (636) 922-2833.
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