Stormwater is water that comes from rain or melting snow that eventually runs off to a water body, soaks into the ground or evaporates.
Why manage stormwater?
Stormwater runoff can have significant impacts on our environment, including flooding and soil erosion. When not absorbed into the ground, it can also flush sediment, trash, debris and other pollutants into our local lakes and streams, which can be harmful to wildlife and the overall health of our water resources.
The purpose of stormwater management is to:
- Reduce the rate of stormwater runoff
- Reduce the overall volume of runoff
- Provide areas where stormwater can be retained (i.e., retention ponds)
The city has established a number of management plans to help manage stormwater, including the surface water management plan, storm water pollution prevention program (SWPPP) and the wetland management plan.
Learn more about the city's stormwater management plans.
To help protect these waterbodies, state and federal rules and regulations have been established to help manage stormwater.
Learn more about stormwater regulations.
The city participates in and has created a number of programs for residents to support the city's stormwater management efforts.
Help us protect our lakes, streams and wetlands by adopting a storm drain and keeping it clear of leaves, trash and other debris. The simple act of sweeping up around a storm drain helps protect local lakes and rivers by preventing pollution from entering our shared waterways.
To adopt a storm drain, visit Adopt-a-Drain.org. Simply create an account with your name and address to claim your storm drain. Once you’ve signed up, Adopt-a-Storm-Drain will send you tips on how to clean up safely.
With more than 300,000 storm drains in the metro area, everyone’s help is important in making an impact! Learn more on Clean Water Minnesota's website.
Rainwater Rewards program
St. Louis Park’s Rainwater Rewards program offers financial and technical assistance to residents that implement stormwater management projects on their property.
Annual rain barrel sale
Logistics of the pickup event are currently being evaluated due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check back for more information soon.
Through the Recycling Association of Minnesota's (RAM) annual rain barrel sale, St. Louis Park residents can purchase rain barrels at a low cost.
St. Louis Park residents receive 50 percent off the regular price of $79. Online ordering starts March 1 at www.recycleminnesota.org; use promo code “stlouispark” to receive discount.
Pick up preordered rain barrels Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m. – noon or Monday, May 4, 5 – 7 p.m. at the Municipal Service Center, 7305 Oxford St. If you can’t pick up rain barrels on these dates, RAM is holding other sales throughout the spring which may have more convenient pickup dates. Visit www.recycleminnesota.org or call RAM at 651.641.4589 for more information.