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The purpose of the Stormwater Management is to promote public health, safety & welfare by maintaining and improving the quality of receiving waters for the City of Tahlequah. Our goal for this website is to provide the public with education through information, and we welcome suggestions and complaints in order to better serve you!
If you witness or discover illegal dumping or conditions that have an adverse affect on your local creeks or streams, Please contact us immediately.
6 Requirements of the Stormwater Program
In years past, most communities across the nation "managed" stormwater by directing the water through a system of pipes and ditches that eventually emptied into local tributaries. Little regard was given to the environmental consequences of this system. Today, scientific understanding has lead to the recognition that stormwater is one of the largest contributors to water pollution worldwide.
Like many other small cities across the nation, the City of Tahlequah is required to have a permit to discharge stormwater into the Illinois River. Permit compliance through Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) requires the City to develop, implement, and enforce a stormwater management program. This program is designed to reduce the discharge of pollutants from our municipal storm sewer system and to satisfy the appropriate water quality requirements of the United States Clean Water Act. Clean water is necessary to protect human and environmental health.