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Stormwater

Lansing Township is a member of the Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management (GLRC), a guiding body comprised of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities within the Greater Lansing Region. The committee has been established to guide the implementation of the stormwater program for participating communities within the Grand Rive, the Red Cedar River and the Looking Glass River watersheds. Visit MyWatersheds.org to learn about upcoming events, find steps you can take to limit water pollution, and to get involved in managing our shared water resources!

Stormwater runoff is created when rain falls on pavement, buildings, and other impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. In developed areas like Lansing Township, we limit flooding by moving this runoff from our roads and neighborhoods through storm drains that discharge directly into rivers and streams. Since stormwater does not get processed at a treatment plant, any containment on the ground can "hitch a ride" with runoff and impact our shared surface waters. Pet waste, oil, leaves and dirty water from cleaning your car can enter storm drains and flow downstream where it harms aquatic habitats and makes water unsafe for swimming, canoeing and other water-related fun. The Township takes steps to reduce this pollution to meet State and Federal requirements. 

Every five years, the Township must submit a Stormwater Permit Application to MDEQ to obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit. A large part of that application consists of a description as to how the Township will commit to and proceed with the development, implementation, and enforcement of practices to reduce the discharge of pollutants from its municipal separate storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable and protect water quality. This documentation was formally designated as the Lansing Township Stormwater Management Program. 

Resources

  • Lansing Township's NPDES MS4 permit can be viewed here.

  • To view the GLRC quarterly reports, please click here. To view the GLRC annual reports, click here.

  • The GLRC has an abundance of educational materials for homeowners and community members, click here to read more. 

  • For more information on Green Infrastructure and Low-Impact Development, click here.