Stormwater Program

New_ClipartStormwater Hotline:  573-475-3727
Call Sikeston`s Stormwater hotline to report any discharge of debris or pollutants into a storm drain or local waterway. To report a hazardous spill, please dial 911! Do not attempt to clean up material if it is unsafe to do so. Call 573-475-3727 to report all other unlawful discharges or pollutants into stormwater and the proper agency will be notified.  For additional information on illegal discharging and dumping, click here

Why the need for Stormwater Quality?
Stormwater PhotoStormwater is nothing more than rainwater. But it’s what the rainwater carries along with it as it runs from our rooftops, across our properties, along the city streets, gutter lines, and pipes until it is deposited into our streams and ditches that flow away from our community.  Unlike sewage, stormwater runs through separate piping, and is not treated. Common pollutants include, but are not limited to Litter, (general garbage, cigarette butts, plastic bags), Chemical pollution (detergents, oil or fertilizers) and "natural" pollution, (decaying vegetation, animal waste).  Eventually, the majority of our stormwater ends up in larger bodies of water, which are sometimes a source of drinking water for many communities. 


What Are Federal Standards and Guidelines with regard to Stormwater Quality?
The City of Sikeston is one of the 149 communities within the State of Missouri that is required to submit an application to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources for coverage under the Missouri Phase II MS4 general stormwater permit, as moderated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Water Act.

This program requires that the City of Sikeston maintain a Stormwater Program, which addresses water quality issues. The Stormwater Program is designed to educate and eliminate the potential for pollutants to enter our streams from all sources, such as streets, building sites, farmland, parking lots, residential properties, etc.
Sikeston Stormwater Management Program
Since 1983, the City of Sikeston has maintained storm water ordinances, guidelines and requirements. The City Storm water ordinance was StormwaterVIrecently modified, resulting in the adoption of
Ordinance 5816 the Sikeston Stormwater Management Program. Please see links below to access land disturbance permit applications, including fee schedule.

Land Disturbance Permit Application  
Land Disturbance Permit Renewal Application 
Land Disturbance Permit Termination Form 

This program ensures City compliance with federal requirements, which furthermore helps us improve what everyone should want; pollution-free storm water.To comply with the federal requirements, the City of Sikeston must meet the following Six Minimum Control Measures:

  1. Public education and outreach
  2. Public involvement/participation
  3. Illicit discharge detection
  4. Construction site stormwater runoff control
  5. Post-construction stormwater management in new development and re-development
  6. Pollution prevention/good housekeeping for community operations

See link: Missouri Department of Natural Resources Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems


How Citizens Can Help Control Stormwater Pollution:Stormwater IV
As you can see, many of our daily activities have the potential to cause Stormwater pollution. How you manage your property and day-to-day activities can determine the quality of your drinking water and local swimming and fishing areas. Remember, “You are the solution to pollution!”
Download Brochure: Ways You Can Help Prevent Stormwater Pollution  

Here’s how you can help:

    • Don’t discharge grass onto the street when mowing. (City Code 505.350)

Section 505.350 Depositing Debris:

A.  No person, or entity shall place any dirt, chips, mulch, grass clippings, leaves, limbs, straw, paper, ashes, or other rubbish upon any sidewalk, alley, street, thoroughfare, gutter line, or into any stormwater basins, or drainage ditch within the city.

  • Divert roof drains and other runoff to vegetated areas on your property.
  • Retain or create buffers of vegetation between waterways and impervious areas to help filter out pollutants.
  • Keep your vehicles tuned up and repair leaks quickly.
  • Wash your car on the lawn, not the driveway, or street. (City Code Section 345.140)
  • Stop soil erosion – plant vegetation on all bare areas.
  • Never pour used oil, paint thinners, and other pollutants into storm drains or waterways or on the ground. Take these household hazardous wastes to a recycling/collection center.  Clean up spills quickly.
  • Use lawn care practices that protect water quality. Minimize the use of fertilizers and pesticides on your lawn; sweep (don’t wash) fertilizer off driveways and walkways and compost yard wastes.  
  • Clean litter from the street and storm drains in front of your home and along stream banks to keep it out of our waters. (City Code SectionStormwater VII 505.350)
  • Place all solid waste into proper containers for collection. (City Code Section 220.030-220.040)
  • Walk your dog in vegetated areas or bury or flush pet wastes. (City Code Section 715.070)
  • Design all new construction to prevent runoff and stormwater pollution.
  • Report any pollution, illegal dumping or soil erosion that you see to authorities.
  • Support agencies and organizations working on clean water programs.

How Your Group or Organization Can Help:

  • Organize a StreamWatch Group that “adopts” a stream, lateral ditch or lake in your community.Stormwater
  • Conduct stream cleanups that remove trash and debris from waterways.
  • Stencil storm drains with “Don’t Dump – Drains to Waterway” messages to inform citizens that dumping pollutes local waters.
  • Support or help expand community recycling/collection programs for used oil, household hazardous wastes and other potential pollutants.
  • Organize school and public education programs on Stormwater problems and solutions.

City of Sikeston Passes Ordinance #6016
The City of Sikeston has recently adopted ordinance 6016, which helps regulate StormWater and illicit discharges. The Environmental Protection Agency defines an illicit discharge as any discharge into the storm water system that is not composed entirely of storm water, with some exceptions. Some exceptions include firefighting activities, irrigation, unchlorinated pool water, and residential car washing. The purpose of this ordinance is to minimize the discharge of pollutants into our waterways and to help protect the waters of the United States. This ordinance prohibits the intentional release of pollutants into the storm system or local waterways.  The City`s StormWater system is not designed to accept or treat non storm water materials such as used motor oil, industrial waste or residential waste water. These types of material will damage the StormWater system and lead to polluted waterways. The Department of Public Works is responsible for the enforcement of the new ordinance and has been given the authority to pursue violations. Violators can receive fines of up to $500 and may be financially responsible for the cleanup of discharging pollutants. It is the City`s hope to never have to use this ordinance! The new ordinance becomes effective May 16, 2016. If you have any questions or comments, or notice an illicit discharge, you may contact Darren Martin, StormWater Coordinator, at 573- 475-3732.


Department of Natural Resources Missouri State Operating Permits

 Permit #0035009     Permit #MO-R040025
 Permit #0095575   Permit #0120863
 5/2014 - All permits have been renewed.  At this time,  DNR has not issued new permits.