1. Stormwater
  2. Illegal Dumping


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

2021 ODEQ Notice of Intent for Stormwater Discharge (PDF)

Stormwater Management Program Phase II (PDF)

2022 Annual Stormwater Report (PDF)


Our quarterly newsletter is full of important information for our residents. Be sure to check back each quarter for the current newsletter.

October - December 2022 Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)

January - March 2023 Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)

April - June 2023 Quarterly Newsletter (PDF)

Past Stormwater News & Reports

useful links

Green Country Stormwater Alliance Website

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Website

EPA Website

Stormwater Runoff Challenge (PDF)