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Surface Water Management Plan update

The City of St. Louis Park has completed the update of its Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP) and will be presenting the final version to the city council on August 5, 2019 at the regular council meeting.

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.  

Timeline
  • Nov. 8, 2018 — Final public meeting
  • Nov. 30, 2018 — End of public comment period
  • Dec. 20, 2018 — End of agency review period
  • August 5, 2019 — 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.