Due to recent regulatory classification changes for the City of
Smithville with the Department of Natural Resources, the City is now strictly
enforcing various ordinances in order to protect our water quality. One
of those ordinances involves the prohibition of grass clippings blown into the
streets or directly into stormwater drains. In addition to protecting our
streams, grass clippings left in the roadway are dangerous for motorcycle and
bicycle traffic. City Ordinance 520.090 prohibits depositing any grass
clippings into the street or sidewalk.
The picture to the left shows improper mowing grass into the city
street. The loose grass is a driving hazard for two wheeled vehicles and
when it rains, this grass will travel down into the storm sewer system.
Once it breaks down, it eventually becomes sediment in our streams and rivers.
The photo to the right shows one of the proper methods of keeping grass clippings out of the City streets and storm drains.
For more information on how to properly comply with city ordinances, see our mowing tips