Surface water management plan
The City of St. Louis Park’s Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) is a a local water management plan prepared in accordance with Minnesota Statute 103B.235 and Minnesota Rules 8410. It is a document that describes the city’s current surface water resources (e.g., lakes, ponds, wetlands); establishes the overall goals and policies the city will follow in managing surface water throughout the city; and defines specific actions and improvement projects the city may undertake over the approximate 10-year term of the plan.
The SWMP has been developed to provide the city with direction concerning the administration and implementation of water resource activities within the city.
The content covers many areas including water quality, flooding, wetlands, groundwater protection, construction site management, operation and maintenance of the city’s storm water system and public education and involvement.
The SWMP meets the policies and requirements of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission, as well as other local, state, and federal agencies. This SWMP was designed to further the city’s vision statements, guiding goals and policies toward surface water management, preservation, and capital improvement program and plans.
Surface Water Management Plan (without appendices)
- Executive summary
- Chapter 1: Introduction
- Chapter 2: Physical environment and land use
- Chapter 3: Existing and potential water resource related problems
- Chapter 4: Goals and policies
- Chapter 5: Implementation program
- Chapter 6: References
- Appendix A: Surface Water Agreements
- Appendix B: Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
- Appendix C: Wellhead Protection Plan
- Appendix D: Wetland Inventory
- Appendix E: Nondegradation report
- Appendix F: Hydrologic and hydraulic modeling report
- Appendix J: Floodplain district ordinance
- Appendix K: Environment and public health
- Appendix M: Erosion and sediment control and stormwater management plan guidelines
- Appendix N: St. Louis Park: Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Coordination Plan
Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP)
In 1987, amendments to the Clean Water Act were put into effect with a comprehensive national program to address pollutants in stormwater runoff. The program covers construction sites, industrial activities and municipal storm sewer systems.
This program resulted in stormwater regulations for the City of St. Louis Park as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delegated permitting authority for Minnesota's NPDES program to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), which developed a general permit that authorizes the city to discharge stormwater.
The City of St. Louis Park’s SWPPP was created to satisfy the requirements of the MPCA’s general permit and serve the city by providing a framework of programs and practices to control stormwater runoff from the city's jurisdiction.
The documents listed below were created to meet the requirements of the MPCA’s permit:
- 2019 SWPPP initiatives
- 2019 total maximum daily load annual report
- 2018 SWPPP annual report
- 2018 SWPPP activity highlights
- SWPPP application for reauthorization
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (revised)
- St. Louis Park non-degradation report
- St. Louis Park storm sewer and receiving waters map
- St. Louis Park pond inventory report