EPA Storm Water Project
The City of Nichols Hills, to comply with the EPA stormwater program, applied for and received a permit on August 15, 2005. The permit is a five-year permit and is renewed upon the expiration of the previous permit. The City of Nichols Hills falls under Phase II of the rule, which includes entities under the direct influence of cities over 100,000 in population.
The program intends to reduce the amount of pollutants in our nation's waterways before it gets into the waterways. These pollutants are common: salt, sand, sediment, fuel, grease, and oils from our roads, streets, and highways. Pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, and pet and organic wastes from our lawns. Paint, sediment, cigarette butts, plastic bottles, and wrappers from our construction sites. As these pollutants enter our streams, rivers, and lakes, they impair fish and wildlife habitats, contaminate drinking supplies and spoil recreation areas.
There are six control measures.
- Public Education and Outreach
- Public Participation/Outreach
- Illicit Discharge
- Construction Site Runoff
- Post-Construction Runoff
- Good Housekeeping
What you can do to help.
- Pick up pet wastes
- Donít blow lawn waste onto streets or storm drains
- Dispose of household chemicals properly
- Use slit fencing around excavated areas
- Drain chlorinated pool water to the sanitary sewer
Illicit discharge and illegal dumping
(a) No person shall conduct, allow, or permit direct or indirect discharge of any material other than stormwater into the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4), the watercourses in the City of Nichols Hills, Oklahoma, or waters of the State or United States. The following direct or indirect discharges are examples of prohibited discharges; this list is not all-inclusive:
(1) Sewage dumping or dumping of sewage sludge;
(2) Chlorinated swimming pool discharge;
(3) Discharge of any polluted household wastewater such as, but not limited to, laundry washwater and dishwater, except to a sanitary sewer or septic system;
(4) Leaking sanitary sewers and connections;
(5) Leaking water;
(6) Commercial, industrial or public vehicle wash or power-wash discharge;
(7) Garbage, rubbish or sanitary waste disposal;
(8) Dead animals or animal fecal waste;
(9) Non-stormwater discharges except pursuant to a permit issued by the state and the city;
(10) Dredged or spoil material;
(11) Solid waste;
(12) Chemical waste;
(13) Wrecked or discarded vehicles or equipment; and
(14) Motor vehicle fluids.
(b) The usage or disposal of any chemical or product inconsistent with the labeling or intended usage of such chemical or product shall be prohibited and is hereby declared unlawful.
(c) Any discharge, disposal or use of material in violation of this section is hereby declared a nuisance. Such nuisance or nuisances shall be corrected or abated by any owner and by any operator. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall also be guilty of an offense, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in section 1-17. The imposition of the penalties herein proscribed shall not preclude the city from instituting appropriate action to restrain, correct or abate a violation of this section.
( Ord. No. 1052, ß 1, 10-13-2015 )