What is a stormwater illicit discharge?
An illicit discharge is any discharge into the storm sewer that is not comprised entirely of stormwater. Illicit discharges may be a result of industrial activity, deposits of oil on parking lots, excess lawn fertilizer and yard clippings, and a variety of other sources which pollute water with turbidity, excess nutrients, and bacteria. Illicit discharges can also be from failing septic systems or improperly connected sewer lines. Dumping liquids or refuse into storm drain inlets is also considered an illicit discharge and eliminating these discharges is an important step in protecting Miami's waterways. To report an illicit discharge, contact dispatch at (918) 542-6685 or use the Citizen Reporting Form.

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1. What is the stormwater fee?
2. Why are we being charged for stormwater?
3. How do I get an item that has fallen into a storm inlet retrieved?
4. Who replaces storm drain manhole covers/lids?
5. Can I get definitions to some Stormwater Acronyms and frequently used Stormwater Phrases?
6. What does all the Acronyms and Abbreviations for Stormwater stand for?
7. Do other cities have stormwater utilities?
8. What services are provided through the Stormwater Utility?
9. What is stormwater runoff?
10. I live on high ground, why should I have to pay the stormwater fee?
11. When will the storm drains be cleaned in our area?
12. When will the drainage easement be cleaned in our area?
13. Who un-plugs the storm inlets, drains?
14. How do I get a final inspection for a storm line?
15. What do I do to report bad odors from a storm drain inlet?
16. What is a stormwater illicit discharge?
17. How do I report erosion control problems from construction sites?
18. I am told I have a drainage (or floodplain or surface water flowage) easement in my yard. What is an easement?
19. Doesn’t stormwater go to the wastewater treatment plant?
20. Why is stormwater management important?
21. What problems does stormwater runoff cause?
22. Why are the stormwater and sewer systems separate?
23. What is nonpoint source pollution?
24. What is Composite Runoff Coefficient (C-Factor)?
25. Will all properties have to pay the stormwater fee?
26. I have a drainage problem in and/or near my property, how do I get it fixed?
27. My area of town is built out and has an adequate storm drain system so why do I have to pay the stormwater fee?
28. Why should I have to pay the stormwater fee if we have a detention/retention pond?
29. How can the city charge an additional fee without an election?
30. Is this utility a way for new developments to avoid their responsibilities for managing stormwater?
31. What are the key concerns for the City of Miami Stormwater Management?
32. What are some stormwater pollutants?
33. What can Miami Citizens do to help protect the Neosho River?
34. Why do I have to pay the Stormwater Utility Fee when I am not on the City sewer or water?