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About Yukon Stormwater Systems
Polluted storm water runoff is often transported to municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) and ultimately discharged into local rivers and streams without treatment. EPA's Storm Water Phase II Rule establishes an MS4 storm water management program that is intended to improve the Nation's waterways by reducing the quantity of pollutants that storm water picks up and carries into storm sewer systems during storm events. Common pollutants include oil and grease from roadways, pesticides from lawns, sediment from construction sites, and carelessly discarded trash, such as cigarette butts, paper wrappers, and plastic bottles. When deposited into nearby waterways through MS4 discharges, these pollutants can impair the waterways, thereby discouraging recreational use of the resource, contaminating drinking water supplies, and interfering with the habitat for fish, other aquatic organisms, and wildlife.
What are the program requirements for the City of Yukon?
Operators of regulated small MS4s are required to:
- Apply for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit coverage. In Oklahoma, the NPDES program is scheduled to shift to the control of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
- Develop a storm water management program which includes the six minimum control measures.
- Implement the storm water management program using appropriate storm water management controls, or "best management practices" (BMPs).
- Develop measurable goals for the program.
- Periodically evaluate effectiveness of the program.
How do we fund and manage this unfunded mandate?
Cities in Oklahoma have started or proposing to charge fees up to $3.00 per month per household to fund their storm water programs.
Oklahoma City uses a system that sets fees by water meter sizes with the minimum fee of $2.73 per household, per month.
Tulsa, Oklahoma, uses a fee that is assessed off of a service unit, which is 2,650 sq. ft. of impervious surface with a fee of $2.95 a month.
The City of Yukon is currently examining various programs from other cities, including those mentioned above. We will weigh the various options in the future and a recommendation will be presented to the City Council for their approval.
The ultimate objective is to protect water quality.