Updates And News


We are ALL responsible for our environment and our local streams. Just last week a sewer line was found clogged with face masks. Wash your mask weekly or discard soiled masks in solid waste trash, but DO NOT FLUSH your old mask into the sewer system. We hope you join us in the effort to keep Opelika beautiful!

March 2021

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The City of Opelika is excited to announce a new anti-litter campaign and event. In April, the city will launch the Don’t Be An Ope-loser! campaign in an effort to encourage visitors and citizens to keep the community clean. The campaign leads up to a new Spring community clean-up event called Slam Dunk The Junk. Locals will begin seeing brightly painted trash cans throughout the city with bold, educational messages about anti-littering.

“Litter continues to be a huge issue in Opelika. It’s sad to look around our city and see trash along the roadways, in parking lots and in our creeks. Litter is harmful to human health, safety, welfare, the environment and it has a negative effect on economic development,” said Mayor Gary Fuller. 

The Slam Dunk The Junk event will be on April 24, 2021 and will begin at Covington Recreation Center at 9 a.m. Participants will pick up their supplies, provided by Keep Opelika Beautiful, at the recreation center and will be given a list of locations to pick up litter. This is a great opportunity for friends and family to give back to the community. 

After the clean-up, participants are encouraged to come back to Covington by 11:30 a.m. for a friendly free throw and slam dunk competition, food, fun and prizes! Register on the city website (www.opelika-al.gov) to secure your spot in the competition and see rules. 

“As a part of the campaign, we are asking that if you see trash on the ground, pick it up. It is a matter of civic pride to keep Opelika clean and beautiful. We need our community to be part of the solution, not the problem,” said Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer, City of Opelika.

For more information, please contact Leigh Krehling, Community Relations Officer at [email protected] or visit https://www.opelika-al.gov/854/Dunk-The-Junk

January 2021

Start 2021 with a NEW Opelika goal; Putting trash in its place, NOT on the roadside!

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December 2020

Rainfall for 2020 hit a record of 74.8 inches. Normal is 54”. Note the ereosion shown in this new subdivision drainage ditch!

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Cooking oil and pollution found on street. 

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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

Stormwater Videos

Please watch our water quality video.

Guidelines for Swimming Pool Maintenance

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