The City of Bartlesville’s Storm Water Management Program provides measures to meet the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Phase I Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) storm water regulations.  Components of the program include forms and documents to help developers understand regulations, construction permits, inspections, discharge monitoring, and public education and involvement opportunities.  Below are educational materials and some of the ways you can get involved to help keep our waters clean.

Public Education Materials:


How to Protect Your Local Watershed

Homeowners Guide to Recycling and Reuse

A Pet Owner’s Guide to Protecting Our Water

After the Storm

“Greenscaping” Your Lawn & Garden

A Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems

Household Hazardous Waste: Steps to Safe Management

Plug Into E-Cycling

Protecting Water Quality from Urban Runoff

The Solution to Pollution

Stormwater Structures and Mosquitoes


How You Can Help:

Report Violations – Clear and free-flowing streams, channels, & 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. Please report any violations to either 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.

Maintenance – 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.

Adopt A Stream Adopt-a-Stream is a national program sponsored by several nonprofit agencies and encouraged by EPA. Organizations can participate by dedicating time and resources to keeping a portion of a stream trash free. Volunteers also work with local officials to help inspect for pollution sources.

School Education – Volunteers visit elementary and middle schools to teach students about water quality protection. Blue Thumb has special teaching tools and a good deal of experience with education programs. Some municipalities also conduct their own programs.

Storm Drain Marking – This involves placing markers or medallions on drop inlets with messages to not dispose of pollutants into the storm drain. This is a popular program for youth groups, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and school clubs. Blue Thumb has an active program to assist municipalities with marking storm drains.

Volunteer Monitoring – Groups of volunteers routinely perform chemical monitoring of local streams and ponds. They may also participate in biological monitoring and perform habitat assessments. The most prominent program is Blue Thumb, but some communities may have similar local programs.

Operation Clean House – Our local annual event where you can bring your hazardous household waste for disposal and recycling.  2017 Event scheduled for April 22 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. See link for details.

Great American Cleanup – Take part in the nation’s largest annual cleanup, beautification and community improvement program coordinated through Keep Oklahoma Beautiful Organization.  Check this link to learn about the many ways you can get involved.


Other Resources:


For additional information or questions concerning the City’s Stormwater Management Plan please contact Shelley Charles at or (918) 338-4254.