2020 Lake Thunderbird Watershed Blitz Scheduled
The 4th Annual Lake Thunderbird Watershed Blitz has been scheduled! Two parks on two different dates:
October 4, 2020 from 1 pm to 3 pm--Crestland Park located at 501Crestland Drive. We will meet at the shelter pavilion.
October 25, 2020 from 1 pm to 3 pm--John H. Saxon Park located at 3016 36th Avenue SE. We will meet at the park entrance sign.
All supplies, bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be provided at these masked and socially distanced events. The Blitz will culminate in the Lake Thunderbird Watershed Workshop and Clean-up Event held inside Lake Thunderbird State Park where participants can learn about Lake Thunderbird and how to help protect its water quality. Please plan to join us at all events!
For more information, or to register, please contact Michele Loudenback.
Canadian River Watershed Clean-up Scheduled
Join us on October 11, 2020, from 1 pm to 3 pm, as we clean up the trash along 12th Avenue SE from Lindsey Street to Boyd Street! We will meet in the Smart Saver parking lot, and all supplies, bottled water and pre-packaged snacks will be provided. This will be a masked and socially distanced event. For more information, or to register, please contact Michele Loudenback.
What is stormwater?
Stormwater refers to water that comes from rain, snow and ice melt. In undeveloped areas, the stormwater mostly soaks into the ground while vegetation helps to slow any runoff. In developed, or urban, areas, impervious structures like buildings, sidewalks, driveways and streets, do not allow the water to soak into the ground; instead, it flows across these surfaces in larger and faster amounts than we find in natural settings. This is runoff, and it can cause flooding and water pollution.
The Stormwater Division is responsible for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the people of Norman by reducing the impact of flooding, erosion, and water pollution the regulation of non-stormwater discharges to the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) as well as the management, maintenance and improvement of the this system.
The MS4 consists of a series of underground pipes, open channels, ditches, and roadways used to collect or convey stormwater and are not connected to the sanitary sewer system. Water and other materials that enter this system are transported directly to our creeks and streams without any treatment.
Our major responsibilities include
For stormwater quality purposes:
- Responding to citizen requests;
- Controlling the direct or indirect introduction of pollutants into the MS4 by stormwater discharges from any source or user;
- Controlling the introduction into the MS4 of any spills or dumped or disposed material other than stormwater;
- Prohibiting illicit connections and illegal discharges to the MS4;
- Inspecting and monitoring the MS4 to ensure compliance with applicable stormwater requirements;
- Inspecting and enforcing stormwater requirements at construction sites;
For stormwater maintenance purposes:
- Responding to citizen requests;
- Providing for the management and maintenance of the MS4 for flood control purposes;
- Performing erosion control and debris removal within publicly owned drainage ways;
- Maintaining approximately 102 miles of storm sewers;
- Maintaining bridges and culverts;
- Conducting street sweeping on major arterial and collector streets;
- Providing emergency disaster response related to flooding, winter storms, severe storms, and non-hazardous material chemical spills;
- Providing right-of-way vegetation maintenance; and
- Coordinating rural drainage improvement projects with Cleveland County.