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Stormwater Quality
Stormwater Quality Information
Stormwater is rain or melting snow that flows off of rooftops, paved areas, bare soil, and lawns. This runoff flows into larger bodies of water, such as puddles, ditches, streams, lakes, and rivers, until it eventually flows into the ocean. Stormwater Quality helps the city comply with federal regulations on stormwater runoff.

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
The Environmental Protection Agency's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is focused on restoring America's streams and rivers. Under Phase II of the NPDES Program we, like thousands of communities across the nation, have been issued a permit that requires us to emphasize six major areas of activity known as Minimum Control Measures (MCMs).
  • Construction site stormwater management
  • Illicit discharge detection and elimination
  • Municipal good housekeeping
  • Post-construction stormwater management
  • Public education and outreach
  • Public participation and involvement

Stormwater Concerns 
In its journey from a puddle to the ocean, stormwater picks up and carries many of the pollutants it encounters. These pollutants include sediment, pet waste, pesticides, fertilizers, automobile fluids (such as gasoline, oil, and antifreeze), deicing products, yard wastes, and litter.

The Number One Pollutant
In March 2013, the EPA released results of its National Rivers and Stream Assessment indicating that nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, are the most common pollutants causing degradation of our water resources. Major sources of nutrients are agricultural fertilizers, golf courses, septic systems, home lawn care products, and yard and animal waste. Excess nutrients in stormwater runoff that reaches surface waters can cause algal blooms, the growth and decay of which can deplete the dissolved oxygen in our streams and lakes resulting in fish kills. 

Imagine how much pollution can come from our vehicles, lawns, homes, businesses, parking lots, and litterbugs!

Stormwater Quality
Nancy Kennedy
Stormwater Manager

Jeff Byram

Jordan Copeland
Water Quality Specialist

Sarah Ortega
Water Quality Specialist

Mike Moore
Stormwater Technician

10 S. Littler
Edmond, OK 73034

Ph: (405) 359-4772

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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