Stormwater

Elizabethtown City Hall

With the appointment of the Director on March 6, 2006, the City created the Department of Stormwater Management.

The department was conceived to:
  • Respond to the City's growing regulatory responsibilities in the areas of the KPDES Phase 2 program, stormwater management, and flood control,
  • Plan for and integrate, at the watershed level, the City's overall stormwater goals into its future growth as a community,
  • Improve, through increased maintenance and system capacity enhancements, the stormwater capabilities of the City's current stormwater system.

To achieve these goals, the Department of Stormwater Management continues its focus on:

  • Anticipating development on a regional basis, with the placement of regional detention and other major drainage facilities.
  • Performing flood plain management through the enforcement of FEMA floodplain regulations and administering the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Addressing stormwater needs and floodplain management for current development within the City through plan review.
  • Maintaining existing flood control facilities.
  • Solving capacity problems within the existing built stormwater system through retrofitting system improvements and detention.
  • Maintaining major culverts, ditches, and creeks.
  • Undertaking major and minor construction projects and local maintenance projects with broad neighborhood impact.

KPDES Phase II Program

The City of Elizabethtown is continuing a program to improve stormwater quality within the City. If you have a question about stormwater or want to report a condition that needs our inspection or attention, please email our office at rebecca.heitz@elizabethtownky.gov. Alternately, we welcome your call or personal visit.

This portion of our web page will continue to grow in the future. In the interim, you may want to view the following sites to become more informed about stormwater and the goals of our Kentucky Stormwater Phase II SMS4 General Permit:

The KPDES Phase II program continues in each of the following areas.

  1. Public Education and Outreach - Informational brochures, developed with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, are available at our office and in select brochure racks around Elizabethtown.

  2. Public Involvement/Participation - You can contact us about creekside clean ups and other programs that are scheduled for the year.

  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination - Get involved in the local Creekwatch program (426Kb PDF). Contact us about any suspicious dry weather discharges.

  4. Construction Site Runoff Control - Our Construction Site Runoff Control program is governed by City Ordinance No. 01-2007 ( 46Kb PDF). An Erosion and Sediment Control permit is required for all land disturbances. The City continues to develop our catalog of Best Management Practices (BMP's) to address the erosion and sediment control needs for owners, engineers, and contractors.

  5. Post-Construction Management for Development and Re-Development - Our post-construction stormwater requirements are governed by the City Ordinance No. 07-2012 ( 46Kb PDF). The latest stormwater design standards for development can also be found within this ordinance.

  6. Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping - Our BMP's include measures for homeowners and businesses that want to make a difference in the quality of our waterways.

If you have a question about stormwater, our programs, or want to report a condition that needs our inspection or attention, please email our office at rebecca.heitz@elizabethtownky.gov. Alternately, we welcome your call or personal visit.


FEMA FIRM Maps and Flood Insurance Study

The Department of Stormwater Management is the repository for the City's FIRM mapping and companion Flood Insurance Study. The maps, study, and the local flood damage prevention City Ordinance No. 27-2007 (157Kb PDF) are the basis for the locally administered National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Flood mapping can be accessed directly through the FEMA Map Service Center. You can create and print a FIRMETTE of your property that illustrates its proximity to any nearby regulatory floodplain.