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.


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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Tennessee Tree Day 2020 is Coming Up!

This year the City of Oak Ridge Healthy Waters Program is participating again in Tennessee Tree Day (previously 250K Tree Day) put on by the Tennessee Environmental Council! It’s time to start registering for your trees to be picked up in late March! You might be asking yourself “why
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Document for Public Comment – MS4 Annual Report 2019

UPDATE: 9/26/2019 – This document is no longer open for public comment.  State and federal regulations mandate the ways in which agencies must notify the public that documents are available for public comment.  The City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Division makes these documents avai
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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.