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Stormwater Utility
Stormwater Management Plan
The public is invited to review and comment on the St. Joseph Storm Water Management Plan. Please email your comments or mail to:
City of St. Joseph
P.O. Box 668
St. Joseph MN 56374

Stormwater System Information
The St. Joseph storm sewer system includes a combination of storm sewer trunk lines, poles, channels, manholes, overland drainage ways, catch basins, and ponds.

Regulatory Background
Water quality deterioration has prompted the US-EPA to mandate the City of St. Joseph to comply with Phase II of the Stormwater Management Program. They City of St. Joseph's stormwater utility has an important role in maintaining and improving water quality.

The city is responsible to maintain a Minnesota General National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4's).

National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit
To comply with the NPDES Permit, the city is enforcing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). The city's SWPPP includes best management practices (BMP's) designed to reduce negative impacts on water quality to the maximum extent possible. The SWPPP includes six control measures:
  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Participation and Involvement
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Site Runoff Controls
  5. Post-Construction Stormwater Management
  6. Pollution Prevention / Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations