Minnesota to Reissue its Municipal Stormwater (MS4) Permit

Runoff from rain or snow events picks up pesticides, fertilizers, automotive fluids, sediment, pet waste, trash and more that is carried into storm drains. These storm drains discharge directly from streets to surface waters like lakes, rivers, wetlands, and streams. The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit program was designed to reduce this type of surface water pollution.  What is the MS4 permit? The MS4 is a publicly-owned and operated network of conveyances (storm sewers, catch basins, ditches, drains, etc.) that collect rain and snow melt that eventually discharges to surface waters. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) requires...

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Winter is Coming: A Quick Guide for Your Stormwater BMPs in Cold Climates

Stormwater BMP

The leaves have changed and snow is beginning to fall in several places across the country. By this time, construction projects are frantically trying to wrap up grading, landscaping, and other outdoor tasks. But is your project overlooking a big stormwater task during this season? As we know, northern winters in the U.S. can be brutally cold, snowy, or mild with little to no snow. Preparing your site to handle the winter will greatly reduce your stormwater best management practice (BMP) maintenance and allow a quicker return to work come spring. Here are a few tips and tricks project owners...

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