City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Stormwater Management Program

2014-2019 Stormwater Management Plan

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Stormwater runoff is the water from rain or melting snow that doesn't recede into the ground, but infiltrates waterways. Stormwater runoff collected within the City of Upper Arlington is directed to one of several water sources flowing through the City, including Slate Run, Fishinger Run, Waltham Creek, Turkey Run and Slyth Run. All stormwater - clean or polluted - from these streams flows to the Scioto or Olentangy rivers.

Polluted discharge can destroy aquatic life habitats and other wildlife; lessen aesthetic and recreational value; and threaten public health through contaminated food and drinking water supplies. Upper Arlington receives a major portion of its drinking water from the Scioto River.

The National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), implemented by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the federal Clean Water Act, is a comprehensive program to address stormwater discharges and prevent harmful pollutants from entering local water streams.

The Ohio EPA oversees the program for all municipalities in the state and issues permits authorizing the discharge of stormwater to rivers, lakes and streams provided that six minimum controls are met. These include public education and outreach on stormwater impact; public involvement; illicit discharge detection and elimination; construction run-off control; post-construction stormwater management in new development and redevelopment; and pollution prevention.

Upper Arlington's Stormwater Management Plan (2014-2019)
The City's stormwater management plan provides:

  • A city-wide drainage master plan that undertakes a systematic approach to planning facilities and programs for the control and disposal of stormwater;
  • The continual regulation and enforcement of drainage requirements for new developments as well as existing developments;
  • A capital improvement plan to construct new storm drainage facilities and replace old and deteriorating ones;
  • A maintenance program for the periodic and planned repair and cleaning of the entire public storm drainage system.

Ways in Which You Can Help

  • Dispose of used motor oil responsibly - recycle it!
  • Dispose of household hazardous waste properly. Use non-toxic alternatives.
  • Landscape with native plants to reduce the amount of water, fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Use pesticides and slow-release fertilizers properly, or non-toxic alternatives.
  • Wash your car at a car wash.
  • Sweep up grass clippings and all litter from driveways and sidewalks.
  • Correct erosion problems.
  • Dispose of trash properly.

Go Green!
Did you know that Upper Arlington has one of the largest rain gardens in Central Ohio at Sunny 95 Park? Rain gardens are just one of the many ways residents and businesses can help reduce the environmental impact of stormwater run-off. For more information on sustainable practices, including rain barrels and permeable pavements, click here to download the Upper Arlington Green Guide.

Stormwater Billing
In 1991, the City of Upper Arlington developed a comprehensive plan designed to resolve existing stormwater issues and plan and implement cost-effective solutions as future needs arose. To fund this plan, the City initiated a stormwater management utility.

The collected stormwater utility funds are used to defray the costs of the City's deteriorating storm drainage system, which in some areas of the City are close to 70 years old. A 2009 Ohio EPA mandate requires the City to undertake a thorough evaluation of its entire sewer system to identify and ultimately correct areas that have rainwater infiltrating the sanitary sewer system.

Stormwater bills are sent to households at the beginning of each year. For commercial and other properties, the utility fee is based on total property area and land use. For more information, download the Stormwater Utility Maintenance Fee brochure, or contact the Finance Department at 614-583-5280.

Stormwater Management Permit Application
All construction sites require a Stormwater Management Permit. Click Here to obtain an application.

Emergency information
In the event of an emergency or unexpected situation requiring assistance, contact the appropriate service provider:

Life threatening emergency (police, fire, medical)  9-1-1
Police non-life-threatening emergencies  614-459-2800
Fire non-life-threatening emergencies 614-451-9700
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