Surface Water and Sewers
Surface Water and Sewer Services
- To increase awareness of stormwater management and surface water quality issues
- To provide information about City of Minneapolis programs and operations that will improve surface water quality
- To encourage community involvement and participation in watershed stewardship
Clearing Storm Drains
Rain on top of rapidly melting snow can create conditions for flooding. Minneapolis Public Works crews are working to open snow-impacted storm drains across the city to help reduce the potential of flooding. Work is being done methodically, with priority given to low-lying areas and areas with homes below street level that may be vulnerable to flooding. Residents not located on busy roadways who wish to open drains themselves should ONLY do so if they can work safely and should be cautious of any traffic in the area. Minneapolis Public Works recommends residents use Google Street View if you are not sure where the storm drains are located. Residents who notice an area that is not draining properly or is flooding should call 311.
Minneapolis Adopt-A-Drain program
In 2018, 360 people signed up for the Adopt-A-Drain program, keeping 908 storm drains clean in Minneapolis. Through the end of 2018, 835 people have adopted over 2,200 storm drains in Minneapolis! To sign up and find out more about the program, click here.
Fat, Oil & Grease
See the 2018 Star Tribune article about the efforts by the City of Minneapolis to keep Fat, Oil & Grease out of sanitary sewers.
You can help keep Minneapolis streets and waterways clean by watching this street sweeping video to learn why and how the City of Minneapolis sweeps streets.
Help prevent stormwater pollution by reading the Residential Snow and Ice Care brochure and by keeping salt out of the waters of Minneapolis.
Stormwater & sanitary sewer review process
Chapter 54 is a Minneapolis ordinance that establishes requirements for land-disturbing activities, and for existing stormwater devices. The Stormwater & Sanitary Sewer Guide contains guidelines and regulations to help you with this process.
Stormwater and Surface Water
How are stormwater and surface water related?
Stormwater is rainwater. Surface water is found in lakes, rivers, ponds and other water bodies. Keeping stormwater clean is important to everyone, as it eventually empties into our surface waters. Stormwater becomes surface water.
Why is managing storm and surface waters important?
Managing stormwater and surface water protects and improves the quality of the Mississippi River, and the lakes and creeks of Minneapolis, as well as helping to control flooding.
Stormwater Documents & Information
- Stormwater Utility Fee
- Water Resource Management Plan
- NPDES Annual Report
- Chapter 52: Erosion and Sediment Control for Land-Disturbing Activities
Last updated Mar 14, 2019