Grass causing potential stormwater concerns

By Sam Wildow -

PIQUA — With summer in full force and grass growing nonstop, one aspect of lawn maintenance is causing potential issues with the city’s stormwater system.

“We are getting complaints … pertaining to people blowing their grass into the road,” Stormwater Coordinator Devon Alexander said.

Alexander said that it is a common complaint. The city notices it with both commercial properties and residential areas, but commercial properties is where it is being noticed the most.

In addition to being an unsightly issue, grass getting mowed into the street can cause potential drainage issues for the city’s stormwater system.

“It can potentially cause plugging,” Alexander said. “It can prevent water from flowing correctly into the storm drain and cause flooding.”

Alexander explained that the grass is not the direct cause of potential flooding in the stormwater system, but when there is a build-up of debris such as trash and leaves, grass tends to bind all of the debris together and that can plug a storm drain. That can cause potential flooding after a heavy rain if the water is not able to make it through the storm drain to the river.

The Stormwater Department is also advising property owners or professional mowing companies to pick up trash before they mow, as trash getting mowed into the streets is another contributing factor to blockage in storm sewers.

Overall, the city is encouraging residents and professional mowing companies at commercial properties to keep the street clean in front of their properties after they mow. If grass does get mowed into the streets, residents or workers can sweep up the grass with a broom or blow it back onto their property with a leaf blower. People can also try to mow in the opposite direction so as to not blow grass into the street in the first place.

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336