Dakota County has a plan to manage and minimize stormwater pollutants coming from County-owned or operated facilities and conveyances.
Under its permit, Dakota County is required to create a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program with six important components:
1. Public education and outreach, which includes teaching citizens about better stormwater management,
2. Public participation means including citizens in solving stormwater pollution problems,
3. A plan to detect and eliminate illicit discharges to the stormwater system (like chemical dumping and wastewater connections),
4. Construction-site runoff controls,
5. Post-construction runoff controls in new development and redevelopment, and
6. Pollution prevention and municipal “good housekeeping” measures (like covering salt piles and street-sweeping).
Private spaces contribute stormwater too
Private spaces contribute to urban stormwater pollution too. The responsibility for water quality is not left in the hands of public officials alone. It is ultimately the responsibility of private citizens to change the way they do small things that will have a dramatic effect on the quality of their favorite fishing spot or swimming beach. Learn easy ways to reduce the amount of runoff and improve the water quality.