Surface Water and Sewers
What is the purpose of this site?
- To increase awareness of stormwater management and surface water quality issues
- To provide information about City of Minneapolis programs and operations that will improve surface water quality
- To encourage community involvement and participation in watershed stewardship
Stormwater News ...
Lake Nokomis/Hiawatha Surface & Groundwater Project - Coming soon!
MnDOT plans to cut back road salt usage
Read more about the story here.
Minneapolis Adopt-A-Drain Program
In 2016, 155 people signed up for the Adopt-A-Drain program, keeping over 300 storm drains clean in Minneapolis! To sign up this year, you can find out more here.
If you are not sure how a watershed "works", this video explores the benefit between people and nature.
Want to know what you can do to help keep Minneapolis streets and waterways clean? From the City of Minneapolis "Did you know..." series, see a video about how and why the City of Minneapolis sweeps streets. For more information, see the Minneapolis Public Works street sweeping website.
Learn how to prevent stormwater pollution by keeping salt out of the lakes, rivers and streams of Minneapolis by reading the Residential Snow and Ice Care brochure.
Looking for more information on Chapter 54 in Minneapolis?
Chapter 54 is a Minneapolis ordinance that establishes requirements for land-disturbing activities, and for existing stormwater devices. For more information, see the Minneapolis Chapter 54 website.
Want to learn how to keep your lawn healthy and attractive in a sustainable way?
Check out these 'Improved Lawn Maintenance' videos from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization :
Stormwater and Surface Water
How are stormwater and surface water related?
Stormwater is rainwater. Surface water is found in lakes, rivers, ponds and other water bodies. Stormwater eventually empties into our surface waters. Keeping that stormwater as clean as possible is important to everyone.
Why is managing storm and surface waters important?
Managing stormwater and surface water protects and actually improves the quality of our lakes, streams & rivers, as well as helping to control flooding.
- Green Initiatives
- Classroom Resources - Teaching aids and educational programs for both children and adults of all generations
- Sewer System Overview - Fact and history about the City of Minneapolis storm drain and sanitary sewer system
Stormwater Documents & Information…
- Stormwater Utility Fee
- Rain Garden FAQ
- Local Surface Water Management Plan (LSWMP)
- NPDES Annual Report Documents
- Erosion and Sediment Control for Land-Disturbing Activities (Chapter 52)
Last updated Jan 25, 2018