At KPS it is our mission to nurture the dreams of all students and empower all students to contribute to a better world.
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Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) is a public community college in Kalamazoo established in 1966 and enrolls about 10,000 students. KVCC is committed to preserving our local waterways in our downtown campus with green infrastructure and at the Texas Township campus adjoining the West fork of the Portage Creek.
Road Commission of Kalamazoo
The goal of the Board of County Road Commissioners of the County of Kalamazoo is using our expertise, energy and funds to provide the safest and most convenient road system possible, and to contribute to economic development and high quality of life throughout the county.
Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioners Office
Our Mission is to provide for the health, safety and welfare of Kalamazoo County citizens, the protection of surface waters and the environment, and to promote the long-term environmental sustainability of Kalamazoo County by providing storm water management, flood control, soil erosion controls and education.
City of Portage
To the City of Portage, protecting its natural treasures is an investment in the health, growth and stability of the community without being a burden on city resources. The city continuously engages its citizens to address current challenges and develop a future vision for our community - and ultimately ensure the city remains A Natural Place to Move.
City of Kalamazoo
The City's Michigan National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit allows for the non-point source discharges of stormwater to the local surface water bodies. Our goals seek to improve water quality, provide more efficient development guidelines, and to provide controls to minimize localized flooding.
Kalamazoo River Watershed Council
The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council's mission and vision come from a desire to protect, preserve, and promote the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries for current area residents and future generations. To restore and protect the health of the Kalamazoo River, its tributaries, and its watershed by collaborating with the community, government agencies, local officials, and businesses.
Kalamazoo Public Schools
At Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) it is our mission to nurture the dreams of all students and empower all students to contribute to a better world. KPS is a vibrant, progressive district and home to "The Kalamazoo Promise", a unique scholarship that provides up to 100 percent, post-secondary tuition and fee assistance.
Everything is Connected
- More than 1.3 million homes and businesses in Michigan depend on these septic systems to treat wastewater.
- State officials estimate that 10 percent of those have failed and are polluting the environment. If not maintained, failing septic systems can contaminate water resources and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses, household chemicals and other pollutants to local waterways.
- Proper septic system maintenance protects public health, the environment, and saves the homeowner money by limiting costly repairs.
In this picture of an example onsite wastewater system:
- #1 is the building sewer or collection system leading to
- #2 the septic tank which is the first step in the treatment system followed by
- #3 and #4 the drainfield where the final treatment and dispersal into the environment happens
A toilet is not a trash can. Disposable diapers and wet wipes, feminine hygiene products, condoms, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, and cat litter can damage a septic system.
Homeowners should generally have their system inspected every three years by a qualified professional or according to their state or local health department's recommendations. Regular septic system maintenance can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and protect public health.
Tree and shrub roots, cars, and livestock can damage your septic drainfield.
a. Sewage backup in drains or toilets.
b. Slow flushing toilets, sinks or drains.
c. Visible liquid on the surface of the ground near the septic system. It may or may not have an odor associated with it.
d. Lush green grass over the drainfield, even during dry weather. Often, this indicates that an excessive amount of liquid from the system is moving up through the soil, instead of downward, as it should. While some upward movement of liquid from the drainfield is good, too much could indicate major problems.
e. Buildup of aquatic weeds or algae in lakes or ponds adjacent to your home. This may indicate that nutrient-rich septic system waste is leaching into the surface water.
f. Unpleasant odors around your house. Often, an improperly vented plumbing system or a failing septic system causes a buildup of disagreeable odors around the home.
What to do if your system is failing:
If your system exhibits one or more of the failure indicators, contact your county health official for assistance in assessing the situation. Sometimes the system may be able to be repaired without complete replacement. Sewage contains harmful bacteria, so keep pets and children away from the failure. Limit water use until repairs can be made. If a new system or repairs are needed, a permit is often required from your local health department.
Contamination can occur when a septic system leaks due to improper maintenance. Be sure your drinking water is safe to drink by testing it regularly. The U.S. EPA's SepticSmart Program educates homeowners about proper septic system care and maintenance all year long. In addition, it serves as an online resource for industry practitioners, local governments, and community organizations, providing access to tools to educate clients and residents.
The Kalamazoo Stormwater Working Group (KSWG) is a collaborative effort of outreach and education for our interconnected Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (or MS4s) in the Kalamazoo County area. Rain falls and snow melts across hard and impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. The water flows to storm sewers or catch basins which direct it to a natural surface water body such as a wetland, river, pond or lake. Stormwater runoff carries salts, grass clippings, sediment, fertilizer, oils, pet waste, and other material left on driveways and sidewalks into the catch basins, and unfortunately, they eventually drain to our natural water bodies. KSWG partners work together to protect against harmful discharges to the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries.
Topic 8. Inform and educate on septic system care and maintenance and how to recognize failure.