The major goal of the project is to protect and improve the quality of water entering
the River Des Peres by identifying and implementing systems to prevent non-point
source contaminants throughout the watershed from entering the receiving tributaries.
This will be accomplished through specific objectives as follows:


1. To reduce the pollutant load to the river by educating 40,000 residents, 500
businesses and 300 city employees about preventive measures that can reduce or
prevent NPS pollutants that they can control from reaching the river.

2. Exhibits will rotate through local places of interest and public facilities such as
the public library, University City Loop, Olive Business District, the Green Center,
City Hall, University City Recreation Center and local schools. This will consist of a
freestanding display that will have photos, articles, and descriptions of what
individuals can do to clean up the River Des Peres. The information on these boards
will be updated quarterly and include progress of the project.

3. As part of the education process the City will provide demonstration tools and
training aids for residents, students, businesses, the general public and interested
parties, other municipalities, engineers, landscapers and developers about
preventing, controlling and/or abating non-point source water pollution.

4. Presentations to community groups that would be interested in the project.

5. A dedicated web page with links to other partners that describes the overall goals
of the project, and the project progress will be established on the city's web site.

6. Develop and install signs to advertise and educate the public about the project.


7. To provide a test site to evaluate various bioremediation techniques that can be
used to improve water quality, and to determine which techniques work best so they
can be used throughout the watershed. Bioremediation, bio-swales, detention ponds,
grass filters and stream bank stabilization practices are some of the practices that
may be implemented. Assessments will be conducted before and after installation to
evaluate effectiveness along with photos and site reports.

8. To implement a demonstration project with up to three residential properties within
the project area that shows homeowners how to reduce storm water runoff that
contributes to erosion and sedimentation.


9. To identify which and where NPS contaminants are entering the River Des Peres
through testing and monitoring at least 4 segments of the river over the four year
project period which can be used for before and after comparison of impacts of the
project on water quality.

10. To provide planning, design, operation and maintenance narratives on efficacy of
BMP practices and/or BMP systems, construction plans, and monitoring that is
completed in the watershed for practices that do not have established standards
and specifications.


11. Implement and test selected best management practices (BMPs) to help restore
and maintain some of the watershed's original characteristics and prevent future
degradation of habitat and water quality.

12. To use the Ecosystem Management Plan for Ruth Park Woods as a guide to
determine site location and which BMPs will be best for implementation.

Pilot Water Quality Program

The Pilot Water Quality Program allowed participates to easily maintain and control
storm water on their property. Storm water management projects included: 


1. Installed 4 rain gardens – features that use natural stones, landscape media such as sand
and mulch, and a variety of native vegetation to filter water. 
2. Installed 2 swales – features contouring of land over a long linear area using
native vegetation to filter water.
3. Installed 1 storm water pond – collection area used to retain, filter and disperse water
during rainfall events.
4. Installed 65 rain barrels – small collection device to collect and filter rain water. Water can be used later on landscaping and gardens.

The City received a sub-grant to implement water quality enhancement projects in (and around)
University City. The goal of the project was to protect the River des Peres. Participants received:
1) A free consultation on how to filtrate and/or manage storm water on their property, and 2) A storm
water management practice was installed on their property. Participants were required to provide feedback on their project.  Funding for the pilot project ended on June 1, 2011.

Examples: Rain Gardens
A "rain garden" is a man-made depression in the ground that is used as a landscape
tool to improve water quality. The rain garden forms a "bio-retention area" by
collecting water runoff and storing it, permitting it be filtered and slowly absorbed
by the soil.

Rain Garden at Centennial Commons rain garden at Cential Commons
      Before photo (May 2009) of the                                     Rain Garden installed in June 2009
      area for a Rain Garden at Centennial                             at Centennial Commons, 7210 Olive
      Commons, 7210 Olive

The rain garden at Centennial Commons was installed to solve a variety of problems,
including erosion, poor drainage, water quality and storm water runoff. When it rains,
the rainwater from the roof drains into the garden to water the native plants and
trees. The rain garden will prevent water from entering the parking lot.

Rain Garden project at the Green Center:
area for rain garden at the Green Center drainage pipes for the rain garden  installing the rain garden
Area for the rain preparing drainage volunteers install the garden pipes native plants

installing native plants rain garden at the Green Center
Installing native plants Rain Garden at the Green Center, July 2008

Examples: Rain Barrels

rain barrel 7830 Cornell
Rain barrel  installed at  7830 Cornell,  Sept. 2009

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from rooftops to use later for lawn and garden watering. Water
collected in a rain barrel would normally pour off your roof directly or flow through
roof gutter downspouts and become storm water runoff.

Rain barrels are another sustainable infrastructure solution that controls storm water
runoff, improves water quality in local lakes and streams and saves money by collecting
rainwater and storing it for later use. The water store in rain barrels is excellent for
watering thirsty plants around your home or in your garden because of its slight
acidity, which helps plants absorb the soil's minerals, and because it contains no
added chemicals. By disconnecting your downspouts and redirecting water into a
rain barrel and rain garden, you can do your part to protect water supply.

Rain barrels installed during the project period:
rain barrel at 7834 Cornell rain barrel 7438 Milan Rain Barrel 1100 W Parkedge
              7834 Cornell                                             7438 Milan                                   1100 W Parkedge

rain barrel 7819 Trenton 
       7819 Trenton

1130 Wilson - before_thumb.JPG 319 Water Quality 1130 Wilson after 1130 Wilson 319 Water Quality
1130 Wilson - before                                 1130 Wilson -after (rain garden with earth berm and dry creek bed)
1092 Wilson 319 Water Quality before 1092 Wilson after 319 Water Quality 1092 Wilson 319 Water Quality
1092 Wilson - before                          1092 Wilson - after (rain garden with earth berm and dry creek)