Surface Water Management Plan

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Surface Water Management Plan update

The City of St. Louis Park is in the process of updating its Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) and has completed a draft plan for review. The draft plan outlines the city’s goals for managing surface water and addresses issues such as water quantity, erosion control, wetlands, citizen education and water quality monitoring and maintenance activities.

The public is invited to review the draft plan and provide feedback and comments. The comment period will be from Sept. 21 - Nov. 30, 2018. Comments and suggestions can be submitted to Phil Elkin at

View the draft plan documents below.

  • Nov. 8, 2018 — Final public meeting
  • Nov. 30, 2018 — End of public comment period
  • Dec. 20, 2018 — End of agency review period
  • 2019 (TBD) — Public hearing/council approval
Surface Water Management Plan draft plan documents

What is a Surface Water Management Plan?

The City of St. Louis Park’s Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) 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.