Public meetings, questionnaire on Joplin stormwater issues

First meeting is set for Thursday, September 17

Joplin Drainage Issues, 2019 Koam Photo (2)

JOPLIN, Mo. – The City of Joplin offers ways for residents to give their input about water drainage around their homes and neighborhoods.

The City is inviting residents to one of three public meetings to discuss stormwater issues. According to a City release, “The stormwater plan evaluates the performance capability and deficiencies of the City’s existing major drainage system. Some of the key goals are to identify infrastructure deficiencies, drainage and flooding concerns, and erosion or water quality issues within the City.”

The first public meeting will be held on Thursday, September 17. It will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Joplin Athletic Complex, 3301 West 1st Street.

City staff will be available to visit with residents and learn about any drainage issues in their neighborhoods or other locations. Map exhibits will be available to help identify specific locations. All meetings will be an open house format for the public to come and go as their schedule allows.

The City has also developed a Flood Assessment Questionnaire to help residents describe the nature of the drainage issue experienced. “This is another opportunity for residents to inform the City of various stormwater issues that they are experiencing,” stated the City news release.

Residents can complete this information at one of the public meetings, or find it online at https://www.joplinmo.org/DocumentCenter/View/8910/Flood-Questionnaire-Joplin. Residents have until November 1, 2020 to provide their information.

“We would like to hear from our citizens about any stormwater problems they may have had,” said Steven Martinez, stormwater engineer for the City. “We’d like them to complete this questionnaire, whether they are able to attend a meeting or not. By gathering this information it helps us identify areas to develop a thorough stormwater master plan.”

The two other Public Meetings are scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on

  • Thursday, September 24 at the Housing Authority’s Community Center located at 5th and Turk Avenue, and
  • Tuesday, September 29 at the Joplin Senior Center, 2616 Picher Avenue