The Healthy Waters Program is an outreach program within the Stormwater Division of the City of Oak Ridge Public Works Department. The program aims to educate the community on how to enhance the quality of our local waterways, address water quality issues in our city and enrich natural habitat in our urban area.


Clean the Clinch! October 16th

October 16th from 9am-12pm at the boat ramp on Edgemoor Road! Come join us pick up litter along Melton Lake and Haw Ridge Park as well as pull invasive plants and more! We need volunteers to make this a success!
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Tennessee Tree Day 2021 is Almost Here!

This year the City of Oak Ridge Healthy Waters Program is once again participating in Tennessee Tree Day which is put on by the Tennessee Environmental Council. This means that it is time to begin reserving your seedlings which will be ready for pick up March 19th and 20th.  Why would
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Tuesday, March 3rd. Stormwater and Rain Gardens at the Arboretum!

Come join us for a lecture on Water in Your Landscape! Hear about stormwater from AmeriCorps members Tabitha and Kait, and learn about the many benefits of rain gardens from UTK Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Associate Professor Andrea Ludwig.
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NPDES & MS4 History

The Stormwater NPDES program has been implemented in two phases. Phase I was designed for medium and large Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and industry, and Phase II is designed to focus on stormwater discharges from small MS4s. Locally, the DOE facilities fell under the Phase I requirements and currently maintain a single NPDES permit which includes stormwater discharges.