Stormwater Pollution Prevention

Lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands are among the most important natural resources for Minnesotans, and we all have an interest in ensuring their quality for future generations. But when rain falls on impervious surfaces such as paved streets, parking lots and rooftops, it can collect materials that pollute our water resources.

Water Runoff

Polluted water runoff containing pesticides, sediment, nutrients, oil, chemicals and litter is often transported through municipal separate storm sewer systems to our lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands without treatment. Research has shown that this runoff is a leading source of water pollution. The City of Victoria and municipalities across the United States are addressing this water quality issue.

Sediment Removal Guidance

Watch this informative video about stormwater sediment best management practices produced by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Federal Mandates

As mandated by the Federal Clean Water Act, municipalities across the United States are required to address water quality issues through a stormwater permit. The city's stormwater permit is administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and is referred to as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System  (PDES) permit. The permit addresses how the city will improve water quality by reducing or eliminating pollutants from stormwater runoff before it reaches nearby surface waters.

The city has been subject to following the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's NPDES permit requirements since 2002. The city is operating under the 2013 stormwater permit, which will be reissued in fall 2019. Also, to maintain compliance with the permit on an annual basis, Victoria is required to file a report and conduct a public hearing on the permit before June 30 of each year.