Blackwell Uncovered

Clean Water Act

What is the Clean Water Act?

33 U.S.C. §1251 et seq. (1972)

The Clean Water Act (CWA) establishes the basic structure for regulating discharges of pollutants into the waters of the United States and regulating quality standards for surface waters. The basis of the CWA was enacted in 1948 and was called the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, but the Act was significantly reorganized and expanded in 1972. "Clean Water Act" became the Act's common name with amendments in 1977.


What is NPDES?

Water pollution degrades surface waters making them unsafe for drinking, fishing, swimming, and other activities. As authorized by the Clean Water Act, the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program controls water pollution by regulating point sources that discharge pollutants into waters of the United States. Point sources are discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches.


Link to EPA Clean Water Act Website

Link to EPA NPDES Website
10-28-2011 Letter sent to Region 6 EPA
"RE: Blackwell Oklahoma - Clean Water Act Storm Water Discharge and other Blackwell Zinc Discharges"
2011 City of Blackwell application for renewal of NPDES Permit for WWTP

2007 City of Blackwell NPDES Permit for WWTP

LINK to Complete ODEQ File of City of Blackwell WWTP

Freeport's Supplemental Soils Program Stormwater Discharge Permit

Freeport Groundwater Treatment Plant Stormwater Construction Permit

Blackwell Elementary School Stormwater Construction Permit

Blackwell Elementary School Stormwater Inspection Report
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