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.


Storm Drain Chalk-Off Competition and Event!

The Healthy Waters Program under the City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Division is excited to announce our first ever Storm Drain Chalk-Off competition and event! The competition’s theme this year is, “Keep it Clean ‘Cause We’re All Downstream!” to spread awareness about stormwater polluti
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Melton Hill Lake Users Association Annual Spring River Rescue

Melton Hill Lake Users Association Annual Spring River Rescue – April 2nd Join the City of Oak Ridge Healthy Waters Program as we support the Melton Hill Lake Users Association in their annual spring river rescue at Melton Hill Lake! This cleanup will take place on Saturday, Apr
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Ijams River Rescue

Join us for the 33rd Annual Ijams River Rescue on Saturday March 12, 2022! We are looking for around 20 volunteers to assist us with this cleanup. Our site location in Oak Ridge is at Melton Hill Lake. We will meet at the boat ramp at 173 Edgemoor Road at 10AM. The cleanup will last f
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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.