Storm Water

City Storm Water Management

Stormwater runoff is rain or melted snow that is not absorbed into the ground, used by plants, or evaporated into the atmosphere. The public storm sewer system in the City of Loveland collects and conveys stormwater runoff to the Little Miami River. Stormwater is not cleaned and processed at a treatment plant before the outlet, as separate sanitary sewer flows are.

The City of Loveland is defined by the EPA to own and operate a Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4). As part of the permitting requirements under the EPA’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II (NPDES II) program, the City established a Storm Water Master Plan (SWMP) in 2003. Additionally, The City of Loveland is a member of the Regional Storm Water Collaborative, which helps the City meet some of the Ohio EPA'sMinimum Control Measures."  The link to the RSWC's website is:

Also in 2003, a Storm Water Utility fee was established. The utility fee was created to offset the costs of managing and improving a storm sewer system, including meeting OEPA permit requirements. The utility fee is the same base rate for residential properties and is calculated based on the impervious area on non-residential properties, which typically have more stormwater runoff.

If you have questions about stormwater or want to report a drainage issue, or potential illicit discharge into a waterway, please submit an action line request or contact Cindy Klopfenstein, PE, CFM, City Engineer.

Loveland High School freshman, Olivia Klopfenstein recently completed a video about Leaf Pollution which she has entered into the "Caring for our Watersheds" contest.  You can view Olivia's video by Clicking Here Good Luck Olivia!!

Ten Things You Can do to Help Our Creeks & Rivers

  1. Recycle used motor oil, antifreeze, and batteries.
  2. Fix oil, radiator, and transmission leaks in your car.
  3. Don’t litter. Trash gets blown and washed into the river.
  4. Pick up pet waste and dispose of it in the trash or toilet.
  5. Use pesticides and lawn chemicals sparingly.
  6. Install a rain garden in your yard.
  7. Don’t pour chemicals down the storm drain.
  8. Maintain your septic system.
  9. Do not place leaves and grass clippings in the gutter or a ditch.
  10. Wash your car in a car wash or on your lawn, not on your driveway.

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