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Stormwater Quality Program

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In Amarillo the storm sewer drainage system generally begins at street perimeter, curbs, gutters, and driveways. From there, it is directed toward stormwater inlets and through above ground and below ground storm sewer conveyances. Eventually the runoff makes its way into the storage lakes. This drainage system is separate from the wastewater system, and is referred to as an MS4, an acronym for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System.    

Currently, it is unlikely that stormwater runoff originating within the city limits of Amarillo would reach the Red River. Stormwater runoff from Amarillo may intermittently reach Segment 0103 of the Canadian River (pictured above).

Many of the surface waters within Amarillo offer opportunities for fishermen and birders. Medi Park Lake is stocked with Trout on an annual basis by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. A wide variety of birds such as Avocet, Bufflehead, Black Crown Night Heron, Blue Heron, and Red Wing Blackbirds, to name a few, can be observed seasonally at City lakes and area playa lakes. This is why we must do our part to reduce pollution.

There are many things that citizens can do to help reduce their contribution of pollution into the storm sewer drainage system and have a positive impact on stormwater quality.

  • Apply pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, according the manufactures directions.
  • Do not litter.
  • Dispose of floatable trash such as paper, plastic, and styrofoam in a responsible manner and in adequate containers.
  • Do not blow leaves or grass clippings onto the curbs or into the gutters.
  • Repair leaky equipment and vehicles. Use drip pans to contain leaks until repairs can be made. Keep absorbant available for spills and clean up.
  •  Do not discharge wash waters that contain detergents or surfactants, except for individual residential vehicle washing. 

The City of Amarillo Stormwater Quality Program is tasked with a variety of important responsibilities some of which are:

Industrial Enforcement TXR050000

MS4 Permit coordination and the implementation of major programs Construction Enforcement TXR150000
Stormwater Education  Stormwater Team membership for city operated Industrial Facilities that are required to permit under TXR 050000.  Playa Lake Sampling
Spill Response Sampling  Storm Event Discharge Monitoring Dry Weather Screening
  Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination  


Important Links

To report potential Illicit discharges or improper disposal of materials into the MS4, or to reach us with any questions contact us at:

 (806) 342-1528.

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