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Reporting

Flood Events

In an emergency, Wagoner County citizens should dial 911

After a flooding emergency has occurred, Wagoner County citizens respond with resiliency; clean-up immediately begins, and restoration/renovation takes place. Before beginning any remediation efforts, please report the flooding damage to Wagoner County Emergency Management and if located in the FEMA federally regulated floodplain, report the damage to the Wagoner County Floodplain Manager.

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Drainage Issues

Citizens of Wagoner County's unincorporated area are encouraged to report any drainage issues taking place on county roadways, culverts, and bridges. Anything from clogged drains to trees lodged in bridges can be reported. Citizens are the eyes and ears of the county and identifying issues is very helpful. Reporting of these issues should go directly to the County Commissioner in that district.

New Driveways Require Culverts

County Staff will install them. Each district does this a little differently, but all citizens interested in getting a new driveway access to a county-maintained roadway should request sizing and installation from each district office.

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County Jurisdiction

Section Line Right-of-Way (ROW)

Wagoner County is in the Creek Nation and the Cherokee Nation. Wagoner County has jurisdiction in the ROW as well as other public roadways as dedicated by the public:

  • Creek Nation ROW: 1 ½ rods (49.5 feet) - Act of June 20, 1902, ch. 1323, {10,32 Stat. 502}
  • Cherokee Nation ROW: 1 rod (33 feet) - Act of July 1, 1902, ch. 1375, {37, 32 Stat. 722}

Public Roadways

  • Sections Line ROW opened and maintained - Oklahoma State Statute Title 69, Section 1201
  • Roads Established by Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) - Oklahoma State Statute Title 69, Section 646
  • Roads acquired by the owner dedicated for public use, common law dedication
  • Roads part of new plans approved by BOCC - Oklahoma State Statute Title 69, Section 601.1
  • Roads acquired by prescription through exclusive, continuous, and adverse use of the road by the public for a 15-year period - Oklahoma State Statute Title 12, Section 93, Statute of limitations for real property
    • Note: The county certifies roadway maintenance miles annually with ODOT. Not all public roadways are maintained by the county. If a citizen or community would like the county to begin maintaining its public roadway or private roadway it must first be brought into compliance with the construction practices outlined in the subdivision regulation

Stormwater

History

In 1990 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promulgated regulations for establishing water quality-based municipal stormwater programs to address stormwater runoff from certain industrial and construction activities and from medium and large Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) serving populations of 100,000 or greater. These "Phase I" regulations were incorporated into the existing National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit rules that address point source dischargers. As a result, urban nonpoint source runoff became regulated as point source discharges. On December 8, 1999, EPA published final "Phase II" stormwater regulations that addressed urban stormwater runoff from cities under 100,000 population and counties that lie within the Urbanized Area (UA) as designated by the latest U.S. Bureau of Census. Phase II permits were also required for certain non-UA cities designated by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ).

The 1999 EPA Phase II regulations required that all permitted cities and counties must develop a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) that addresses six "Minimum Control Measures" (MCMs). These are:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Participation and Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control
  5. Post Construction Management in New Development and Re-Development
  6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

The ODEQ has primary jurisdiction over permitting and enforcement of the Phase II Stormwater Program for Oklahoma. On February 8, 2005, the ODEQ finalized the first General Permit for Phase II Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Discharges Within the State of Oklahoma (OKR04). On October 1, 2015, ODEQ reauthorized OKR04 with an effective date of November 1, 2015. The revised OKR04 permit reflects new requirements from EPA and the latest practices for controlling urban stormwater pollution. The ODEQ is in the process of revising the OKR04 permit for 2020 Annual Report submissions.

Things of Note

Free Dump Days

Wagoner County has one free dump day per year, county-wide. Stay tuned to the County website for information on the day.

  1. Wagoner County OK Homepage

  1. 307 E Cherokee Street Wagoner, OK 74467

  1. Phone: 918-485-2216

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