Storm Lake hopes for good survey response

Monday, March 14, 2005

The City of Storm Lake is hoping for a good response to its spring 2005 stormwater survey so it can take measures to improve the quality of water entering the environment.

The survey will be distributed in the Tuesday, March 15 Advertising Guide and City Administrative Services Director Justin Yarosevich wants to make sure there is as much of a response as possible. The survey will also be available at Storm Lake City Hall and at the Storm Lake Public Library.

Surveys can be returned to city utility payment drop boxes at Hy Vee, the book drop at Storm Lake Public Library, and at City Hall. The surveys can also be mailed with utility bill payments to: Storm Lake City Hall, P.O. Box 1086, Storm Lake, Iowa 50588.

The state is requiring that the city conduct a public information and awareness campaign as part of the city's Phase II stormwater permit. There are separate, brief, surveys for homes and businesses as well as for public school and college students.

The survey results will held the city know what it needs to do to increase public awareness on certain aspects of the city stormwater system. Yarosevich said the city will reevaluate yearly how to determine what is needed to increase public awareness of the city stormwater system. Information will tell the level of community awareness and how the city can better inform the public about stormwater issues.

"We're trying to get a basic feel for where we're at," Yarosevich said. He said the Iowa Department of Natural Resources is working with the city in the survey process.

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