The City of Bartlesville is authorized to discharge stormwater under the OPDES General Permit OKR04 from a Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4), in compliance with the Oklahoma Pollution Discharge Elimination System (OPDES) Act, 27A O.S. §2-6-201 and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) requirements, Authorization No. OKR040027.

The City of Bartlesville’s Storm Water Management Program provides measures to meet the requirements of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality’s OKR04 General Permit for Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Discharges within the State of Oklahoma.  Components of the program include forms and documents to help developers understand regulations, construction permits, inspections, discharge monitoring, public education, and involvement opportunities.

Below you will find information on construction site stormwater erosion and pollution control requirements, public education materials, and a list of ways you can get involved to help protect our local waterways, plus contact information for any stormwater related questions:

Thank you for visiting our Stormwater Page!

CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS – Stormwater Documents for Contractors & Developers

Public Education Materials


Volunteer Opportunities:

Below Are Some Ways You Can Get Involved and Help Protect Our Area Waterways

        1.  REPORT DUMPING VIOLATIONS                      STORMWATER HOTLINE (918)338-4254 

Clear and free-flowing streams, channels and storm drain inlets are necessary to maintain capacity and allow water to be removed quickly. It is illegal to fill, dump or dispose of any material in a ditch, stream, channel, or storm drain inlet. Disposal of grass clippings and other compost materials are prohibited, as is storage of firewood or any other types of obstructive materials or objects, in any ditches, channels or drainage way areas. Obstructions restrict capacity and slow the water, thus creating bottlenecks and backups.

To report violations please call the Stormwater Hotline at 918.338.4254, or you can also call the Engineering Department 918.338.4251 or Code Enforcement Department 918.338.4244. Additional information may be obtained in Chapter 7 of the Bartlesville Municipal Code.


Keep debris clear of all curb inlets, pipes, and drainage channels in your area and report areas of concern to the Engineering Department 918.338.4251.

For additional great ways you can help from home visit the Green Country Stormwater Alliance Resources for Homeowners Page


Blue Thumb has special teaching tools and a good deal of experience with education programs. Also check out the OSU Water Conservation Educators Page to learn about more educational resources available to you.


Did you know that our storm drain system flows directly into our streams, lakes, & creeks?  There’s a fast, easy way you can help educate others and help reduce the pollutants going into our drains & waterways.  If you are interested in marking some storm drains in your area please contact the City’s Stormwater Manager at (918) 338-4254.


Would you like to help monitor the water quality in one of our local streams, creeks, or ponds?  Through the Oklahoma Blue Thumb Stream Monitoring Program, volunteers are trained to routinely perform water quality monitoring at a mutually agreed upon location in the area.  These samples provide the City with information that helps determine progress in lowering pollutant levels and increasing the overall health of our waterways.  Volunteers may also choose to learn about and participate in biological monitoring and performing habitat assessments.

        6.  RECYCLING

                      HAZARDOUS WASTE ANNUAL EVENT

Operation Clean House is a multi-agency annual hazardous household waste recycling event that happens each Spring in conjunction with Earth Day.  This event gives area citizens an opportunity to dispose of hazardous household items such as pesticides, paints, electronics, fluorescent bulbs, pharmaceuticals, motor oil, antifreeze, car batteries, tires, & even appliances (with Freon-free certification) in an “environmentally-responsible manner” free of charge. For more information you can check out the Operation Clean House Facebook Page or call (918) 534-1170.

                      YEAR-ROUND RECYCLING CENTER

The City also has a year round recycling center located at 10th Street and Virginia Avenue.  The center serves as a permanent “host site” for Replenysh, a California-based company responsible for the recent expansion of local recycling options for Bartlesville residents. There are additional host sites around town as well accepting certain items.  See Replenysh’s Bartlesville Facebook page and Website for details. Also see the City’s Refuse & Recycling Page for more information.


Get a group of friends, family, or co-workers together and do a Stream Clean-Up Event. Gather your group to clean up trash along one of our waterways.  The City Stormwater Manager can help you select a site.


Groups and Organizations are encouraged to participate in the Adopt-A Stream Program by committing to clean a ½ mile to 1 mile portion of stream at least once every three months.  While participating in this program a sign with your group or organization’s name can be posted in the area recognizing participation in the program.


The Earth Day Network has many opportunities to get involved to help drive meaningful action for our planet across issues such as climate, conservation, pollution, and education.


For additional information or questions concerning City of Bartlesville’s Stormwater Management Program, please contact the Stormwater Manager, Shelley Charles, at or 918.338.4254.