Stormwater Defined

Stormwater is water from rain, snow melt, or even the garden hose, that flows across the ground and pavement and enters into the storm drain system. This storm water flows directly to rivers and lakes with little or no treatment.

Storm Water Management Plan

The City has developed a Storm Water Management Plan (PDF) to provide residents and businesses direction concerning the administration and implementation of water resource activities within the City. This plan is intended to meet the requirements for a local watershed management plan as required by the Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act and be in conformance with Board of Water and Soil Resources (BSWR) Rules Chapter 8410. This plan also meets the needs, requirements, and direction outlined by the Lower Mississippi River Watershed Management Organization, Wetland Conservation Act of 1991, and the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES).

A checklist (PDF) has been provided to assist developers with compliance with the Storm Water Management Plan when submitting plans to the City for approval.

Additional Information

Reporting Pollutant Problems

If you see what appears to be someone illegally dumping anything into the city storm sewer system, or if you have any erosion control concerns, please contact City Engineer Sue Polka at 651-554-3214.