Stormwater and You
Stormwater, which includes snow melt and runoff from rain, can contain excess nutrients, sediment, toxic metals, litter and other potentially nasty materials that can affect both human and environmental health.
The quality and quantity of stormwater is mandated by federal regulations under the Clean Water Act. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency administers it in Minnesota.
In urban areas the PCA allows discharge of stormwater to the surface waters of Minnesota, largely through storm sewers, by obtaining a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit.
The PCA requires a Construction Site Stormwater Runoff Control permit for all construction activities with land disturbance of one acre of more. The permit requires the development of a stormwater runoff control plan to reduce or hold steady the stormwater runoff.
Your role as a resident of Minnesota is to make sure your township or county is aware that projects that disturb one or more acre of land have the proper permit and follow it both during construction and after the construction has taken place.
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