What Is Stormwater?
Stormwater originates from rainfall and other precipitation that runs off of surfaces all over the city - rooftops, streets, lawns, etc. Stormwater makes its way into natural water sources and takes everything from city surfaces with it to these areas.
When you wash your car on a compacted surface, the runoff containing soap, heavy metals, road grime, greases, and oils can enter the storm drains. Unlike sanitary drains, storm drains usually run directly into creeks, ponds, and lakes. Use a commercial car wash facility or find a grassy area at home to soak up the runoff. Protect our area's natural water resources!
New MS4 Permit The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has issued the City of Litchfield a new storm sewer permit. The City engineer has provided the City of Litchfield with a manual explaining the impacts in detail. The manual is viewable below. As always questions and comments are appreciated.