Great Bend Small painted white fish are showing up on storm drains throughout the central Kansas town of Great Bend as part of an effort to clean up the city’s storm water.
A few years ago, Great Bend received a permit through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System mandating more stringent monitoring and preventative measures.
Environmental Protection Agency reports that polluted storm water run-off was a leading cause of contamination in nearly 40 percent of surveyed U.S. water bodies that do not meet water-quality standards.
The EPA has typically focused its attention on larger cities, such as Wichita. But now it’s taking a closer look at smaller cities such as Great Bend.
Great Bend is part of a coalition of 14 smaller cities working together to draft standards.