Marlborough: Collaborating for a Cleaner Kansas City
Kansas City is emerging as a leader in developing strategic and data-driven solutions for the City’s combined sewer overflows, which are estimated to total 6.4 billion gallons of overflow each year.
In 2010, Kansas City’s Federal Consent Decree became the first in the nation to receive approval from the EPA for the use of green infrastructure solutions to address combined sewer overflows. The $4.5 -$5 billion Overflow Control Program is the largest infrastructure investment in the history of Kansas City.
In an effort to leverage this investment to improve local neighborhoods, Kansas City has allocated more than $68 million for the installation of green infrastructure projects – the first of which have been completed within Kansas City’s historic Marlborough neighborhood.
Kansas City’s nationally-recognized green infrastructure project has led to a Citywide collaboration to discover additional ways to leverage Kansas City’s green infrastructure investment for the improvement of local neighborhoods.
In 2014, Kansas City’s Mayor Pro Tem Cindy Circo became one of the first elected officials in the nation to achieve accreditation as an Envision™ Sustainability Professional and the program has served as a guide for sustainable practices throughout all City departments. Kansas City Water Services is leading the city’s sustainable initiative by incorporating the Envision™ principles into project planning for the Overflow Control Program, and into the long-term plan for the utility.
Additionally, collaboration among various City departments has enabled the strategic allocation of city resources which will further enhance the community investment in green infrastructure solutions. This collaboration has already resulted in streetscape improvements, enhanced trash services, and the reallocation of vacant properties.
In addition to pooling City resources to enhance existing green infrastructure investment, this group has worked to assist community leaders to request public funding for enhancements to neighborhood curbs and sidewalks which will provide safe connections for pedestrians and bicyclists in the community.
Trash carts and recycling bins help keep trash and debris out of Marlborough’s stormwater collection system.
See answers to frequently asked questions about the Trash Cart Program.