Surface Water Management
The City of Minnetrista will deliver quality services in a cost effective and innovative manner and provide opportunities for a high quality of life while protecting natural resources and maintaining a rural character.
WHAT IS STORMWATER (and why do I have to pay for it?)
Whenever it rains or the snow melts, the water flows over the land surface heading to the nearest lake, storm water pond or ditch, carrying with it debris and pollution. This commonly is referred to as storm water runoff and the city has a legal responsibility to manage surface water in the community. Whether you live in the agricultural district or an urban part of the community, surface water affects everyone in Minnetrista.
In 1987 an amendment to the federal Clean Water Act requiring implementation of a comprehensive national program to address storm-water runoff was enacted. The federal program is called the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System or NPDES. Cities the size of Minnetrista have been required by state and federal law to participate since March 10, 2003.
In 2004, the city adopted a Surface Water Management Plan (SWMP.) Part of this plan assesses problems within the city and recommends corrective action. However, new mandates issued by the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District now require the city to increase its surface water management activity by significantly reducing the phosphorous in area bodies of water.