- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Norman City Council members are preparing to consider calling a special election asking voters to create a stormwater utility fee to pay for necessary improvements to the city’s drainage system.

Public Works director Shawn O’Leary tells The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/25itkWv ) that stormwater runoff is the single biggest threat to clean drinking water. He says the drainage system improvements are necessary in order to reduce flooding and provide a higher level of water quality protection.

O’Leary says the utility fee could generate up to $6.6 million to address stormwater issues.

Lake Thunderbird in Norman is already hurt with high levels of phosphorus and nitrogen as well as other solids. O’Leary says that further contamination could kill the last of the lake’s viable drinking water supply.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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