Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan

Impact of Stormwater


In natural areas, rainwater soaks into the ground and helps our plants and flowers grow. But when rainwater falls on hard surfaces - such as rooftops, driveways and streets - it flows into storm sewers. This moving water, called stormwater runoff, is then piped untreated into our lakes, rivers, and streams.

Stormwater runoff pollution occurs when grass clippings, leaves, sand, soil, fertilizer, pesticides, motor oil, animal waste, and other contaminants are washed into the storm drain systems.

About the Plan


The City of North St. Paul is permitted and works with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in developing and continually updating our plan on how to best manage the discharge of stormwater. The program goal is to reduce the amount of sediment and pollutants that enter the surface water and flow into our storm sewer systems. The program consists of the following 7 Minimum Control Measures (PDF).

Public Meeting


Each year the City holds a public meeting on the SWPPP to review the City’s past year’s accomplishments dealing with stormwater issues and also to receive public comment. 

Notice for Developers


Any land disturbance activities affecting greater than or equal to 10,000 square feet and less than 1 acre (43,560 square feet) needs a City Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan Application (PDF) filled out and approved before any work can begin on the property.


Questions & Comments


The City welcomes resident questions and comments regarding stormwater issues. The City's main contact person is Community Development Director Paul Ammerman by email or phone at 651-747-2437.