Can drainage structures be cleaned out before a storm event?

There are miles of channels, creeks, and storm drains within the City of Abilene to maintain. Stormwater's maintenance crews clean out detention ponds, storm drains, channels, and drainage ways throughout the year as they are reported. Unfortunately, there are just too many drainage structures and not enough resources or crews to keep them all in proper functioning order at all times. The Stormwater maintenance crew performs maintenance operations on a day-to-day basis; however, it simply can not keep up with daily illegal dumping of debris into these open channels. Therefore, we rely heavily on the citizens of Abilene to assist in keeping us informed of clogged drainage ways, illegal dumping, and illegal discharges.

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1. Why isn’t the City of Abilene widening or deepening the creeks in Abilene?
2. What are "Best Management Practices" (BMP)?
3. What is a detention pond?
4. Are sewers and storm drains the same thing?
5. Can drainage structures be cleaned out before a storm event?
6. Can filters or screens be installed at the inlets of detention ponds and storm drains?
7. Why isn't a net/fence/barrier installed at the end of the storm drain channels to catch all of the trash?
8. Why doesn't the City build a stormwater treatment facility?
9. What kinds of pollutants are found in the storm drain system?
10. How much water passes through the system?