Municipal Services

Stormwater Management Plan

The Municipal Services Department oversees and maintains the City of Independence Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). This system is made up of more than 13,800 structures, 230 miles of stormwater pipe, 19 regional detention basins, all within 23 local watersheds.

Stormwater Management Plan Objectives

In addition to maintaining stormwater infrastructure Municipal Services operates an Environmental Compliance Program. The purpose of this program is to protect human health and the environment by reducing pollutants released into our local waterways.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit

The Environmental Compliance Program oversees compliance with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit issued to the City. As a Phase I Medium MS4 this permit requires the City to maintain a Stormwater Management Plan. This plan utilizes best management practices to reduce pollutants that are discharged to storm sewer system.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System PermitStormwater Pollution Prevention Plan


Steam Buffer Setback Requirements 

The City adopted stream setback requirements for all new development and redevelopment that is to occur on property that includes or is adjacent to a stream. 

Stream Buffer Setback Municipal CodeStream Buffer Setback Handout



Please send any questions or comments regarding the Permit or Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan to the Municipal Services Department Office of Environmental Compliance, at (816) 325-7734 or by email to