Stormwater Program

**Learn about the new Stormwater Design Standards Here:**
This page will be udpated with new permit links once Walker adopts the new standards. Please continue to use existing documents provided below. 

The City of Walker has a Separated Storm Sewer System, or MS4 for short. In this type of sewer, storm water is transported directly to streams, lakes, and rivers rather than to a wastewater treatment plant. While this allows wastewater treatment plants to treat all wastewater, it has the unintended consequence of transporting nonpoint source pollution to waterways. 

Walker aims to reduce nonpoint source pollution and localized flooding by implementing a variety of controls, ranging from catch basins to stormwater ponds. Catch basins are specially designed to reduce pollutants from reaching our waterways, while stormwater ponds slow water down to allow pollutants to settle out of stormwater runoff while also preventing flooding downstream. 

While these controls reduce the amount of pollution reaching our waterways, it does not eliminate it. Walker partners with the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) along with other communities within the Lower Grand River Watershed to improve and protect the Grand River, and ultimately, Lake Michigan. 

Click here to learn more about stormwater and how you can help keep our natural resources clean! 

Stormwater Forms and Documents 

2017 Stormwater Asset Management Plan
Stormwater Permit Packet
Stormwater Maintenance Agreement
Stormwater Variance Checklist
Stormwater Ordinance: Navigate to Chapter 67 on the left hand table. 
Stormwater Zones Map
Kent County Development Drainage Rules
Flood Insurance Rates Map #10 
Flood Insurance Rates Map #15


Learn more through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)

Phase II Program Public Education Plan (PEP)

Kent County Recycling/Household Hazardous Waste Information stormwater program page website
What is Illicit Discharge and how do I report it?
Stormwater and NPDES Facts
Citizen's Guide to Stormwater-What You Can Do

Stormwater Contacts 

Spill Response:
City of Walker Fire Department - 911
City of Walker Engineering Department – (616)791-6327
City of Walker Public Works - (616)791-6854
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (formerly MDEQ) – (800)292-4706

 Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Disposal:
Kent County: Department of Public Works, Resource Recovery - (616)336-2501

 To Report Illegal Dumping:
City of Walker Police Department - 911

To Report a Drainage Problem:
City of Walker Public Works - (616)791-6854
City of Walker Engineering Department – (616)791-6327 

Stormwater Permit Program

With a finite water resource and a growing population, the need to carefully and cooperatively manage and protect the City of Walker’s rivers and streams has become a priority.

In March of 2003, the Walker City Commission adopted chapter 67 of the Walker Code of Ordinances, more commonly referred to as the Stormwater Ordinance. Following a countywide effort, the City of Walker enacted this environmental legislation to further improve the stormwater quality within our region.

If a new development alters the grade or drainage capabilities of the proposed site, a stormwater permit may be required.  This is to ensure that the additional stormwater runoff from the proposed site will be moderated, and adjacent properties or downstream communities will be less likely to flood during a rain event.  Copies of the Stormwater permit applications and ordinance are available at City Hall or below in the Stormwater Forms & Documents Section.

For more information regarding the Stormwater Permitting Program, please contact Rachell Nagorsen at (616)791-6327.

Helpful Related Links
Kent County Drain Commission - The mission of the Kent County Drain Commission is to establish, improve and maintain stormwater drainage for the public safety, health, convenience, and welfare of the citizens of Kent County and also to be an effective and efficient steward of our natural and fiscal resources.

Kent County Road Commission - The Kent County Road Commission web site provides information about the road system in Kent County. Also, included are links to local townships and city web pages.

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy - The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE, formerly MDEQ) web site is your link to information regarding the environment of Michigan. Information is available about wetlands, surface waters, environmental assistance programs, and much more. You can also find phone numbers, addresses, and web links to the different divisions of EGLE.

Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute - The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (WRI) is based at Grand Valley University and its mission is to preserve, protect, and improve our natural resources through research and public education. WRI also partners with schools and community groups to provide education and technical resources.

Grand Valley Metropolitan Council - The Grand Valley Metropolitan Council (GVMC) is an alliance of governmental units in the Grand Rapids, Michigan metropolitan area that are appointed to plan for the growth and development, improve the quality of the community's life, and coordinate governmental services.

REGIS - REGIS is a multi-participant Geographic Information System providing information in a graphical format for the use by local and county government agencies and their constituents. An example of the information available would be the location maps for the established county drains in Kent County.