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The Sapulpa Stormwater Management Program not only focuses on water quantity, but also water quality. Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As stormwater flows across a surface, it picks up and carries any pollutants that were present on that surface. When a large surface area drains to a creek, it can accumulate a lot of pollutants! Maintaining good water quality in Sapulpa’s creeks and streams is important for preserving healthy creek habitats and ecosystems. The City of Sapulpa is permitted with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for stormwater discharges. This gives the City of Sapulpa ultimate responsibility for the water quality of stormwater discharges from the City of Sapulpa.
Maintain vehicles to prevent fluid leaks. Don’t pour used motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides or other pollutants into storm drains. Contact the City of Sapulpa’s Environmental Administrator at 918-248-5934 for proper disposal methods and locations.
Apply fertilizers and pesticides properly. Do not apply if rain is in the near forecast. Read labels to determine how much to use and when to apply. The Creek County OSU Extension (918-224-2192) has trained staff to answer questions about pesticides and fertilizers.
Pick up litter around your home or business so it doesn’t collect on drain inlets or clog sewer pipes. If you see someone littering, report the incident to the Oklahoma Litter Hotline, 1-888-5-LITTER.
The City of Sapulpa was issued a Storm Water Discharge permit with the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) on October 27, 2006. This permit requires the development and implementation of an educational, operating and maintenance program to control storm water pollution through:1. Public Education and Outreach;2. Public Participation and Involvement;3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination;4. Construction Site Run-Off Control;5. Post-Construction Management; and6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations.
The requirements of the Stormwater Management Program were federally mandated, but neither the State of Oklahoma nor the federal government provided a funding source. The Stormwater Utility Fee was implemented to cover the federally mandated requirements.