As of March 10, 2003, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency required all cities within the Seven County Metro Region to apply for a General Storm Water Permit (Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems [MS4] Permit) as part of Federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements. In order to comply with new federal regulations, municipalities were required to develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that focuses on ways the municipality will reduce the amount of sediment and pollution entering the surrounding water bodies.
Plan Requirements The SWPPP requires six minimum control measures that need to be addressed by the City. Each measure is aimed at reducing the amount of pollution entering water bodies through various methods such as public outreach and education, regulatory ordinances and physical structures constructed as a part of the stormwater sewer system. Each control measure includes several best management practices (BMPs) that will be used to accomplish the measure, and each will include measurable goals that can establish the effectiveness of the SWPPP.
Every year the city is required to hold a public meeting on the SWPPP. The city is also required to submit an annual report to the MPCA documenting the accomplishments of the previous year.