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Stormwater Runoff


The City of Ponca City, like other communities in Oklahoma, is required by federal environmental regulations to implement a phased stormwater management program.  This involves public awareness of stormwater issues, monitoring stormwater discharges into area creeks and rivers, and correction of improper or illicit discharges.


What is stormwater runoff?
Stormwater runoff is the water that slows 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.

As stormwater flows over driveways, lawns, and sidewalks, it picks up debris, chemicals, dirt, and other pollutants.  Stormwater can flow into a storm sewer system or directly to a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water.  Anything that enters a storm sewer system is discharged untreated into the water bodies we use for swimming, fishing, and providing drinking water.  Polluted runoff is the nation's greatest threat to clean water.

By practicing healthy household habits, homeowners can keep common pollutants like pesticides, pet waste, grass clippings, and automotive fluids off the ground and out of stormwater.  Adopt these healthy household habits and help protect lakes, streams, rivers, wetlands, and coastal waters.  Remember to share the habits with your neighbors.

For additional information please contact Rob Dick at 580-767-0336.

To report an illicit discharge please call 580-767-0336.

Brochures: After the Storm
The Solution to Stormwater Pollution
Homeowner's Guide to Septic Systems

Kid's Stuff: Polluted Runoff
Activity Placemat

10 Things you can do to prevent stormwater runoff pollution:


1. Use fertilizers sparingly and sweep up driveways, sidewalks, and roads.

2. Never dump anything down storm drains.

3. Vegetate bares spots in yards.

4. Compost your yard waste.

5. Avoid pesticides; learn about Integrated Pest Management.

6. Direct down spouts away from paved surfaces.

7. Take your car to the car wash instead of washing it in the the driveway.

8. Check car for leaks, and recycle motor oil.

9. Pick up after your pet.

10. Have your septic tank pumped and septic system inspected regularly.



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