As our community grows so must our commitment to protecting and improving the quality of our water resources. Our lakes, rivers, and wetlands help make Elk River one of the area’s most livable communities. Keeping our water resources clean and usable is in everyone's best interest.
Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4)
The City of Elk River is required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Water Act to obtain a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for managing nonpoint source stormwater. Non-point source stormwater is generally the overland flow of stormwater that does not originate from a single source or pipe, otherwise known as point source stormwater. The Municipal Storm Sewer System (MS4) general permit is issued by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Surface Water Management Plan
In order to obtain coverage under this permit the City of Elk River completed an application and developed a Surface Water Management Plan. The purpose of the plan is to provide a complete and intensive guide and reference for managing surface water resources within the city boundaries.
The plan includes developing and implementing the permits six minimum controls, including public education and outreach; public participation and involvement; illicit discharge detection and elimination; construction site runoff control; post-construction site runoff control; and pollution prevention/good housekeeping practices.