Protecting Our Surface Water
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Storm System Overview
The Public Works Department maintains 85 miles of storm sewer throughout the City. This includes the inspection, cleaning and maintenance of more than 5,000 stormwater structures (manholes, catch basins and catch basin sumps).
How You Can Help
If you live near a storm drain, check to make sure it is clear of leaves and other debris, including snow and ice during the winter months. Flooding may occur during periods of heavy rain or rapid snow melt if the drains are blocked by debris, preventing the normal discharge of stormwater into the system. Your help is appreciated!
If you see illegal dumping of oil, gasoline, paint or other chemicals into the storm drains, please contact the Public Works department at (651) 322-2022.
about the many other ways you can help protect our wetlands and other surface water.
Stormwater Management Plan
Flyer - Pond and Wetland Protection
Vegetation and Sediment in Wetlands
What YOU can do to help
MnDOT video - Chloride and Our Water
MWMO video - Good Choices for Clean Water
Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP)
Master Water Stewards program
What is stormwater runoff?
Why do I need to be concerned about stormwater runoff?
My property is adjacent to a storm water pond and I don’t like all the tall grass and wildflowers surrounding it. Can I mow it down and do my own landscaping?
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