Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

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Leading By Example

As part of the requirements from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the city of Ankeny has to make sure that it too follows pollution prevention and good housekeeping practices in its operations.  We have implemented an operation and maintenance program that prevents or reduces pollutant runoff from municipal operations.

 We continue to complete this by:

  • Providing operation and maintenance of storm sewers including street sweeping and inspection of infrastructure.

    • Typical maintenance activities include routine storm sewer inspections, removal of sediment and debris, reconstruction of pipe and inlet/outlet structures, vegetation control, and erosion control.   The city of Ankeny only maintains public infrastructure.  Private facilities, including storm sewers, detention ponds, and streams located on private property are not maintained by the City.

  • Having a pesticide and fertilizer management program.

    • This program was developed to reduce the amount of pollutants discharged from storage, application, and disposal of pesticides, and fertilizers.  In addition, these chemicals are only applied by personnel that are properly trained in management techniques.  Currently, the city contracts outside companies for most of the application of fertilizer and grass maintenance.

  • Training municipal employees to reduce pollutants in stormwater.

    • Municipal employees participate in training that addresses MS4 maintenance and reduction and prevention of stormwater pollution from city activities.  Some of these areas include: park and open space maintenance; fleet and building maintenance; proper use, storage, and disposal of chemicals; new construction and land disturbance; and stormwater system maintenance.

  • Assessing best management practices (BMPs) at City facilities to reduce stormwater from the facilities.

    • Existing facilities are periodically evaluated to determine if there are any best management practices that can be implemented to reduce the quantity of stormwater and the amount of potential pollutants leaving the site.  During new facility construction, BMPs are always considered for stormwater management.

    • The City continues to look for areas to retrofit existing areas with BMPs to help manage stormwater.