Geographical Information System (GIS) storm sewer mapping will be taking place within the City of Oak Ridge during the week of November 2, 2015 in the northern region of the East Fork Poplar Creek watershed. One large section is to the northwest of the Illinois and OR Turnpike intersection, in the tributaries that are bordered by W. Outer Drive, Illinois Avenue, Iroquois Road, and Jefferson Avenue. In addition, workers will be walking the main branch starting near the same intersection as it flows southwest alongside the Turnpike towards Roane County.
The City of Oak Ridge is mandated by the Environmental Protections 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 of Oak Ridge has created a Geographical Information System (GIS) storm sewer map and database program to identify stormwater outfall locations of the U.S. Waters of the State. To facilitate this program, we may need to enter onto private property to access the watercourse.
The City of Oak Ridge may need to access residential property during reasonable hours to identify stormwater outfalls along streams. This is not a request to enter into any building or structures on the property; it is specifically for the purpose of identifying outfalls along streams (or their tributary watercourses) throughout the City of Oak Ridge. No construction will be taking place. Representatives of the City of Oak Ridge will be mapping these outfalls with GPS units and/or making visual assessments of the watercourse.
The City of Oak Ridge 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 http://stormwater.oakridgetn.gov.