NPDES Annual Report Documents
National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) is a program created in 1990 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Clean Water Act to protect water quality through the regulation of the discharge of pollutants to lakes, streams, wetlands and other surface waters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is the local authority responsible for administering this program. Under this program, NPDES permits are issued to regulate different types of municipal, construction and industrial activities.
The MPCA issued the current Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) NPDES Phase I Permit to the City of Minneapolis (City) and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) as co-permittees on January 21, 2011. The primary goal of the MS4 permit is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of waters of the state through management and treatment of urban stormwater runoff.
As a municipality with a population greater than 100,000, Minneapolis is permitted under Federal requirements as a Phase I MS4 community. Under the January 2011 version of the permit, the City and the MPRB were required to prepare a new Stormwater Management Program for submittal to the MPCA in September 2011. The City's program endeavors to protect people, property and the environment, to meet or surpass regulatory requirements, to maintain and enhance infrastructure, to provide cost-effective services, to educate and engage the public and stakeholders, and to enhance livability and safety. The Stormwater Management Program was revised and submitted on May 3, 2013.
Public Review and Comment
The MPCA held a public comment period on the draft Stormwater Management Program from January 25 to February 25, 2013. A public comment period on the Permit, in draft form, was held by the MPCA from April 9, 2010 to June 21, 2010.
Minneapolis holds a public comment period on the Stormwater Management Program each June. Inquiries about the Stormwater Management Program can be made at any time to:
City of Minneapolis Water Resources Administrator
Public Works - Surface Water & Sewers Division
City of Lakes Building, 309 S. Second Ave., Minneapolis MN 55401
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Last updated Jul. 10, 2013