Northeast Industrial District Stormwater Master Plan

Northeast Industrial District Stormwater Master Plan

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

Client: Water Services Department

Completion Date: 2004

The City of Kansas City, Mo., retained Burns & McDonnell to prepare Phase 3 of the Northeast Industrial District (NEID) stormwater master plan, following previous services for Phases 1 and 2. The third and final phase of the NEID study encompassed 3,835 acres (excluding the area riverward of the existing levee). The area is generally bounded on the north by the Missouri River, on the east by the Blue River, on the south by Kessler Park Bluffs, and on the west by Chestnut Trafficway.

The watershed is composed almost entirely of light industrial facilities and manufacturing, with small pockets of residential and agricultural land uses. It is characterized by piecemeal storm sewer systems. Some areas incorporate combined sewer overflow (CSO) systems, while other areas utilize surface drainage. Street drainage, where existing, often incorporates drop inlets in lieu of curb inlets. This is a necessity because few streets in the district have curb and gutter.

Lying within the natural flood plain of the Missouri River, the watershed provides little topographical relief and contains many areas where surface-ponding is likely. Now protected by a federal levee, most of the stormwater runoff is subject to pumping during high stages in the Missouri River.

General services provided by Burns & McDonnell included field investigation of the existing (primarily enclosed) combined sewer system; preparation of storm drainage maps covering the study area; evaluation of the existing system's performance capability by using the XP-SWMM computer model; creation of storm drainage questionnaires mailed to all residents and businesses within the study area for input on perceived drainage problems; development of an optimized capital improvement plan (CIP) to correct system deficiencies; preparation of capital and operating cost estimates for the system; and recommendation of implementation priorities for the construction of improvements.

  • Public participation
  • System inventory
  • Field surveying
  • Camera inspections
  • Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling
  • Master plan/capital improvement plan (CIP) development
  • Prioritization
  • Cost development
  • Geographic information system (GIS) integration