Stormwater

Purpose
The Stormwater division inspects and maintains all city storm water sewer mains, gutters, drain ways, catch basins, and detention ponds as needed to ensure proper operation under design conditions. This division also inspects construction sites to ensure compliance with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency sediment and erosion permit requirements.
The storm water pond in Faribault
Stormwater Issues for City of Faribault Residents
The City of Faribault working alone cannot be as successful in preventing stormwater pollution as if it has the contribution, participation, and efforts of residents in the community all working towards the same goal. The following links are available to help spread the message on preventing stormwater pollution and to promote volunteer community actions to restore and protect local water resources.

Recent Immigrants Become Water Stewards


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Adult students learning English at Harmony Learning Center in Maplewood, MN are becoming water stewards as they learn idioms and conjugate verbs.

These dozen students, who come from countries known more for their tropical plants and deserts, say the concept of watersheds is new. "Before, we didn't think about how clean water is, where it's coming from, who takes care of it," says Veronica, one of the new water stewards from Mexico.

This fall, they prepared for a field trip to the Kohlman Lake/Creek watershed in North St. Paul and Maplewood by poring over a list of vocabulary words: "restoration, sediment, erosion, cistern, phosphorous" - scarcely the stuff of beginning English.

Armed with clipboards, watershed maps, and scavenger hunt vocabulary lists, the students from Myanmar, Laos, Bangladesh, Iraq, Mexico, Somalia, and Cameroon head out to learn "how to stop water where it drops," becoming water stewards as they gain fluency with the language, says watershed education specialist Sage Passi.  Read full article here.

Save Money With Proper Salt Application

Snow

and ice are a fact of winter. Most of us shovel and use salt to keep surfaces ice-free.  Salt is a great tool for safety, but over applying it harms our waters.  Once chloride gets in our water, it cannot be removed. 

Please do your part to put our rivers and groundwater on a low-salt diet.  Applying the right amount of salt, at the right time, can help reduce the amount you use to keep surfaces ice-free AND save money!  For money-saving salt application tips, check out this flyer!

Stormwater Issues for Contractors, Developers, & Builders
Construction sites within the City of Faribault are required to have proper erosion and sedimentation controls to ensure sediments stay on-site and not in our lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands. It is the contractors, developers and builders responsibility to make certain controls are in place to protect our surface waters. The following links are intended to provide more information about the necessity and requirements of the construction site runoff control program.
Stormwater Ordinance & Grading Permit
(From Section 28 of the City Code.)

Purpose
The purpose of this Ordinance is to control or eliminate Storm Water pollution along with soil erosion and sedimentation within the City through requirements and standards for conservation practices and planning activities.

The Ordinance also regulates wetlands and the areas around wetlands. Wetlands maintain water quality and are critical to stormwater management. Wetlands must be delineated to determine functional value or quality and are often classified as High, Medium or Low quality based on the Minnesota Routine Assessment Method (MNRAM). Buffer strip widths and setbacks are required dependent upon wetland classification. Wetland buffer strips are to be untouched and left in a natural state to allow runoff to be filtered before discharging to the wetland itself. Buffer strip signage is required at all property corners adjacent to the wetland in new developments.

To help minimize soil erosion and sediment transport and ensure that erosion and sediment control best management practices (BMPs) are utilized on construction sites, the City issues Land Disturbance-Grading Permits. A Grading Permit is required for any project, in which any activity has the potential to cause soil erosion on land disturbances equal to or greater than 1/2 acres; or land disturbances less than 1 acre if part of a common plan of development or sale.

Grading Permit Requirements
Requirements of the Grading Permit application may include, but are not limited to:
  1. A site area map showing drainage and adequate erosion and sediment control BMPs used to control runoff and minimize erosion and sediment transport
  2. Erosion and sediment control maintenance and inspection frequencies
  3. Temporary and final stabilization techniques
  4. A Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)
  5. Permanent post-construction stormwater management BMPs and facilities
  6. Stormwater BMP operation and maintenance plan

Additional requirements also apply to projects located within the designated Shoreland Areas and Flood Management Zones. Those requirements may be found within the City’s Unified Development Ordinance.

Land disturbances equal to or greater than 1 acre, or less than 1 acre but part of a common plan of development or sale, are also required to comply the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Stormwater Permit for Construction Activity requirements. Visit the MPCA’s website for more information: 

For all requirements regarding the City Grading Permit, requirements, and submittals, refer to the Grading Permit Application Requirement Factsheet and City Code Section 28.

Grading Permit Application
For the Grading Permit Application see the Public Works Department's Permits and Applications page.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program


Polluted stormwater runoff is often transported to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) and ultimately discharged into local rivers and streams without treatment. The City of Faribault, as an MS4, has prepared a 5 year Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) to reduce pollutant discharge to the maximum extent practicable as required by the EPA.
For more information, please view the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (PDF).