Program for the reduction of non-point source pollution

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In the 1972 Clean Water Act, the United States Government (EPA) mandated that all local governments establish a program for the reduction of non-point source pollution. Surface water management works to improve the quality of the runoff water from all commercial, industrial, and residential development before it enters creeks and streams. Storm water runoff is the water that flows off impervious surface areas such as roofs, driveways, parking lots, streets, and other hard surfaces during rainstorms. Rather than being absorbed into the ground, it pours into ditches, culverts, catch basins, and storm sewers. According to the Government (EPA) storm water can carry harmful pollutants, cause flooding, erode topsoil and stream banks, and destroys marine life habitat. 

Prohibited discharges are listed in The City of Muskogee Section 64-4, Storm Water Ordinance number 3808-A. 

No person shall deposit, drain or divert, whether directly or through an agent, including grass clippings, soil from edging and leaves into or upon any public highway, street, sidewalk, alley, parking lot, paving, drainage ditch, storm drain sewer, gutter, creek, stream, river, lake, pond, or lagoon, any oil or oily liquid with petroleum content, grease, water, or any mud, rotary mud, sewer waste, industrial waste and sand and salt, except where necessary for public safety; or in any manner permit by seepage, overflow, or otherwise any substances to escape from any property owned, leased or controlled by such person nor shall any person allow such substances to flow or be carried upon any public highway, street, sidewalk, alley, parking lot, paving, drainage ditch, storm drain, sewer, gutter, creek, stream, river, pond or lagoon within the city. 

This letter is to inform you that there will be a Stormwater Compliance Officer monitoring and issuing citations to anyone who is not in compliance with this ordinance. For further information call our Stormwater Division at 918-684-6340.


City of Muskogee
Public Works Department
Stormwater Division
Muskogee, OK 74403
918-684-6340

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