Public Involvement & Participation

The Public Involvement & Participation initiative is designed to include members of the public in protection of our community’s waterways. The Andover Stormwater Department continues to work with schoolchildren and members of the general public to improve the storm water system quality in our creeks and lakes.

Storm Drain Stenciling Program
Andover Public Schools Water Quality Sampling
Storm Drain Stenciling Program

Storm Drain Stenciling Program

Storm drain marking allows volunteers to work with the Stormwater Department on placing “markers with messages” on storm drains. These markers are effective in discouraging would be polluters from dumping into the storm drainage system, but also educate citizens about stormwater pollution.  If you know of a group in search of community service opportunities, please call Lance Onstott at (316) 733-1303 ext. 424.

Andover Public Schools Water Quality Sampling

The Andover Stormwater Department works with Andover Public Schools in providing the community’s students with learning opportunities related to water quality.  Each year, Stormwater Department employees visit classrooms to teach students about stormwater management principles.  Once the classroom learning is completed, the City has worked with local developers to gain permission to test the quality of water in local ponds and lakes.  Students test and monitor phosphorus, nitrates and dissolved oxygen levels in addition to ph.  Students then report their results to the Stormwater Department for more detailed analysis and to have the data uploaded to the interactive public map.

Andover Public Schools Water Quality Sampling Map

When USD 385 students submit the results of their sampling, the Stormwater Department adds them to a public interactive map.  The map depicts the test sites, individual sampling results and allows the user to intuitively track results over time using automatically calculated average.  Click the thumbnail image of the map below to be taken to the live interactive map.

Andover Public Schools Water Quality Sampling Map