(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia City Calls for Community Input on Wastewater and Stormwater Management Plan

The City of Columbia is seeking the community's assistance in updating the Wastewater and Stormwater Integrated Management Plan (IMP). This plan serves as a guide for investments in improving the city's wastewater and stormwater infrastructure. In order to ensure that these investments are aligned with community priorities, residents are encouraged to participate in a survey on

In addition, an open house-style public meeting will be held on August 21, 2024 at the Activities and Recreation Center on West Ash Street. This meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to engage with city staff and learn more about the planning process, the current status of the 5-year plan, and the future of wastewater and stormwater management in Columbia.

The Sewer and Stormwater Utilities are leading the effort to update the IMP, with a focus on critical areas such as public health and safety, quality of life, sustainable services, regulatory compliance, and water quality in city streams. The original plan was approved by the City Council in 2018 and implemented by permits from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources in 2020. It outlines strategies for meeting utility needs over a 20-year period.

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To gather necessary data for future planning while also addressing immediate needs, a 5-Year IMP Action Plan was established. This included implementing Capital Improvement Program projects and conducting necessary operation and maintenance activities. Over the past five years, significant progress has been made by the Sewer and Stormwater Utilities including $9.8 million spent on sewer rehabilitation in various neighborhoods, downtown areas, along Bear Creek, and at the Business Loop. Additionally, a $7 million rehabilitation project was completed at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The utilities also inspected 1,680 stormwater outfalls for contaminants and replaced 4,000 feet of failing stormwater pipe.

By participating in the survey, residents can play a crucial role in ensuring that the projects outlined in the original plan remain appropriate, affordable, and in line with community priorities. The City of Columbia is committed to providing the most value to the environmental health of its community and encourages all residents to take part in this important process.

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