Stormwater sewer monitoring about to begin in Oak Ridge

(City of Oak Ridge press release) Stormwater sewer monitoring will take place within the City of Oak Ridge beginning in February and continuing through June 2020. The Stormwater Management Team will be working to identify and eliminate any potential illicit connections into the stormwater sewer system along tributaries of East Fork Poplar Creek. 

The City is mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), under the Phase II Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, to monitor certain streams (or tributaries to those streams). 

The goal of this mandate is to protect and rehabilitate our natural water resources. In accordance with this mandate, the City has created a Geographical Information System (GIS) storm sewer map and database program to identify stormwater outfall locations in Waters of the State. To facilitate this program, we may need to enter onto private property to access the watercourse. 

City representatives may need to access residential or commercial property during reasonable hours to monitor stormwater outfalls along streams. This is not a request to enter any building or structures on the property; it is specifically for the purpose of monitoring outfalls along streams (or their tributary watercourses). No construction will be taking place. Representatives of the City will be monitoring these outfalls with GPS units and/or making visual assessments of the watercourse. 

The City thanks you for your cooperation in complying with this State and Federal mandate and assisting in making our water resources cleaner for everyone. Please note, all mapping locations are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

If you have any questions, please call the City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Management Hotline at (865) 425-3497 or visit

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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  1. I have fond memories of walking through the Civic Center Park before we moved out of Oak Ridge a few years ago. After each heavy rain it was fascinating to see what had emerged from the manhole and covered the walkways.

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