The Federal Clean Water Act classifies run-off within settlements over a certain size to be point sources of pollution. This run-off, either as snow-melt or stormwater discharge from streets, sidewalks, houses, businesses parking lots and other impermeable surfaces is required to be regulated for pollutants. These can include:
- Silts, salts, and sands from construction sites and street applications
- Oils and fats from businesses and homes
- Household pollutants like pesticides, animal waste, lawn clippings, leaf and tree debris
- Sanitary sewer overflows from homes and municipal sewers
- Petrochemicals like tars, lubricants, and oils from streets and vehicles
- Household trash
The City of Okmulgee falls under the requirements of the act and must maintain a discharge permit with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. This permit called an OKRO4, establishes several responsibilities for the city:
- Conduct dry weather screenings of stormwater outfalls throughout the city and its surroundings to detect potential pollution
- Establish ordinances and guidelines to encourage green space, proper stormwater management and low impact development
- Establish best management practices (BMP's) that:
- Control construction site silt and trash run-off
- Educate the public about consequences of illegal dumping, pesticides, oil spills, yard debris and others to the local environment
- Encourage civic participation in clean-up efforts
- Promote spill and leak mitigation at municipal and industrial sites
Our quarterly newsletter is full of important information for our residents. Be sure to check back each quarter for the current newsletter.
Preventing Illegal Dumping
The Public Works Department is making an effort to clean up illegal dump sites around our City. We need the help of our residents to combat this problem. You are encouraged to report any information you have on illegal dumping.
Illegal Dumping is a crime of opportunity. It is the improper disposal of waste at any location other than a permitted landfill or facility. Illegal Dumping often attracts more illegal dumping. Not only is it against the law, but illegal dumping also poses a threat to human health and the environment. The debris in these sites also has the potential to impede natural drainage, making the surrounding area more susceptible to flooding. An additional safety hazard results from dumping occurring in the right-of-way, creating road obstructions that result in hazardous driving conditions. Runoff and debris from these sites contaminate ground and surface waters and pollutes our streams, rivers and lakes. Before dumping, consider the effects it has on our drinking water and the added cost to treat that water.
You can report illegal dumping to:
- Police Department 918-756-3511
- Public Works Department 918-756-4159
- Code Enforcement 918-756-4060
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