Updates And News

July 2020

Opelika Stormwater Staff is working with Barrett-Simpson Inc. in aerial drone mapping of drainage areas.

Lidar tracking map

June 2020

This 3-pound turtle was saved while crossing Society Hills Road and place into a retention pond close by.  Joel said it put up a fight!

June Turtle Found on the Side of the creek

May 2020

This stream is below an 80-acre construction site. This is a true way measure erosion control. Clean water with little impact.

Creekline after Rain

April 2020

Perennial grass cover is the best way to halt all erosion, guaranteeing clean streams.

Water Retention Wall

March 2020 

A wet spring makes constriction site BMPs like this detention a must. The treated jute mesh filters and traps fine clay particles improving water quality.

march SWM 2020

February 2020

Opelika Storm Water Management Team worked during Keep Opelika Beautiful’s Citywide Cleanup to clean around the creek!

Event Day Stats: 
Total Number of Volunteers- 277
Ages- 7 years to 72 years 
Locations Served- 21
Sample- Area around Carver Primary School, 6th Street, creek banks, breezeway, Veterans Parkway, Auburn Street
Trash Collected- Approximately 5,000lbs
Duration of Event- 3-4 hours 

“For the past 20 years, Keep Opelika Beautiful has coordinated this one-day cleanup for our City" said Tipi Miller, director of Keep Opelika Beautiful. “Most people do not realize the impact a few pieces of litter has on our community. This year we were fortunate to partner with Creekline to host a creek cleanup during our event. ”

Before: KOB City Clean Up

After: 2CD07880-87E2-4863-92C3-F6F63DDC1382

January 2020

Floatable trash shows up at Tiger Town detention with record rainfall. Opelika Stormwater Management Team is investigating the situation. 


December 2019

Opelika Stormwater Management Team walked Rocky Creek for stream assessment Friday, December 20. 

Team walking Rocky Creek for stream assessment

November 2019

Opelika Stormwater Management Team is looking for the source of oil showing up in a storm drain on Williamson Avenue. We would like to take this time to remind citizens that this is a city violation.

oil in storm drain

October 2019

Laura Bell, Water Program Project Coordinator of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System; publishes an article in the Opelika observer! 

Opelika Observer Article about Storm Water Management

September 2019

The engineering and stormwater division are using state of the art technology to view erosion control  by drone to gauge effective BMPs applied to halt sediment leaving construction sites.

Drone Footage of Erosion Control

CBMPP Updates for Site Disturbance

August 2019

Opelika Stormwater Division organizes a “Lunch and Learn” at the Opelika Sportsplex for 45 area contractors. Dave Goff from Silt Saver, details innovative solutions for sediment control.

Storm Water Management Training Opelika Sportsplex 2019

Water Festival 2019

We had another great Water Festival at Sportsplex in Opelika. Our Engineering and Stormwater staff love being a part of this educational day! 

Scott Parker, City Engineer, and his staff, taught students about water, conservation of natural resources and how to become better stewards of the environment. 

In addition to our Engineering Department, representatives from Opelika, Auburn and Lee County, along with the Alabama Agricultural Extension Office, the Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Clean Water Partnership, were on hand to educate and have a little fun with the kids. Interactive booths kept the kids engaged and excited. They learned about aquifers and water cycle. At the end of the day, they experienced a magic show by environmental magician Paul Cash. #myOpelika

Tentative date for the 2020 Water Festival is set for the first week of May!

Stormwater Videos

Please watch our water quality video.

Guidelines for Swimming Pool Maintenance

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