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Stormwater Pollution Prevention
Environmental Preservation
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.

Polluted runoff containing pesticides, sediment, nutrients, oil, chemicals, and litter is often transported through municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) 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 now addressing this water quality issue.

Sediment Removal Guidance
This informative video on stormwater sediment best management practices is from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Federal Mandates
As mandated by the Federal Clean Water Act, municipalities across the United States, including the City of Victoria, are required to address water quality issues through a stormwater permit. The city's stormwater permit is administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and is referred to as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) 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 MPCA's NPDES permit requirements since 2002. This permit is the document that the city is following to be in compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act. The stormwater permit is on the city's website and you are encouraged to review it and ask questions. 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.

Resource Protection

The City of Victoria's nearby lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands are one of our community's most valuable resources and protecting them to the greatest extent possible is very important for maintaining our quality of life.