Established nearly 130 years ago, Norman is now the third largest city in Oklahoma and continues to grow. It’s a great place to live, work and raise a family, but two issues challenge our future:
flooding and poor water quality
Investing in critical stormwater projects will fund local infrastructure to preserve our quality of life. Now is the time. If we don’t do anything, our flooding and water pollution will only get worse.
Improving Our Stormwater System Would:
Since the historic floods of 2007 and 2015, we've had over $10 million in damage and loss to our public infrastructure. This does not include losses to private property and local businesses.
Protect Clean Water
We get 70% of our drinking water from Lake Thunderbird. Pollutants from stormwater runoff end up in our creeks, streams, the Canadian River and Lake Thunderbird, threatening our drinking water and environment.
PRESERVE OUR Quality of Life
Every time it floods in Norman, residents and businesses incur losses. Increasing water pollution in our waterways jeopardize recreational activities, tourism and revenue generation.
What is Stormwater?
Stormwater is not rain or snow. It is the water that runs off hard surfaces such as roofs, roads, driveways and parking lots. This water is not treated and can collect pollutants (oil, trash, fertilizer, pesticides) that flow directly into Lake Thunderbird, the Canadian River and our local creeks: 10 Mile Flat, Brookhaven, Merkle, Imhoff, Woodcrest, Bishop and Dave Blue.
Eventually, the polluted runoff can cause harm and, in some cases, kill fish and plants. Norman’s stormwater system includes pipes, water channels, culverts, bar ditches, storm drains and even roads and bridges. These systems are vast and community wide.
The Importance of Norman's Stormwater System
“We need to address water quality to have beautiful streams that support wildlife and reduce flooding.”
“We have one main source for water and that’s Lake Thunderbird…Stormwater is important to me because we have one shot at drinking water.”
“The most helpless feeling I’ve ever had was ... when I rolled out of bed and found myself in ankle deep water. There have been two more episodes since.”