The City of Saint Peter must comply with a new unfunded mandate concerning stormwater regulations from the State of Minnesota which is enforced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and federally by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). These regulations require the City of Saint Peter to apply for a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit to discharge municipal stormwater into surface waters of the state (i.e. our creeks and rivers).
In order for the City of Saint Peter to comply with this permit the City must develop and implement six minimum measures to ensure that our stormwater is clean water. Clean water is not a matter of choice - it's a matter of health, and now complying with a NPDES permit. These permits require cities to do six things:
- Conduct outreach and education about polluted stormwater runoff
- Provide opportunities for residents to participate and be involved in conversations and activities related to reducing polluted stormwater runoff
- Detect illicit discharges (e.g. straight piping or dumping)
- Control construction site runoff
- Control post-construction runoff
- Perform municipal housekeeping (e.g. take steps to prevent runoff from city buildings and activities)