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 quantity issues in our city and enrich natural habitat in our urban area.


“Make it, Take it” Rain Barrel Workshop in Oak Ridge

On Saturday, April 29th, the Healthy Waters Program hosted a rain barrel workshop sponsored by the Water Quality Forum. The event was a great success with over 25 people in attendance who were eager to learn about how rain barrels work. This “Make it, Take it” Rain Barrel Workshop was
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KACB and Earth Day in Oak Ridge

As AmeriCorps members serving in the City of Oak Ridge, one very cool part of our job is that we get to collaborate with great local organizations in our community. Keep Anderson County Beautiful is one amazing organization that we get to work with! If you are ever looking for a volun
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Tree Planting at Melton Lake Greenway

Today we were able to continue on with our restoration of the wetland along Melton Lake Greenway. Through the grant we received from Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency we were able to plant 75 Buttonbush, Indigo Bush, and Elderberry trees! We are looking forward to watching these tre
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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.