The storm drain system is for the sole purpose of collecting rainwater overflow. Dumping trash, pollutants and debris in the catch basins is illegal and is a Federal violation of the Clean Water Act of 1972. A neighbor may not understand the catch basin's direct connection to the Minnesota River and all of our other waterways. It may be just a matter of making them aware of the impact to our community and our drinking water.
Oils & Paints
Dumping used oil and paint is illegal. One quart of motor oil can pollute 250,000 gallons of drinking water. Paint also contaminates our waters. City staff would be more than happy to provide information to your neighbor.
To report the problem call the Department of Public Works at 507-934-0670.