St. Louis County wants feedback on stormwater pollution prevention efforts

Video prepared in lieu of annual public meeting related to how county aims to keep streams clean.


St. Louis County Public Works would usually provide an update on the work it is doing to protect water quality in a public meeting.

Instead, due to COVID-19, the county said in a news release this week it has prepared an online presentation people can watch anytime at .

As part of the work, the county also is looking for any suggestions from the public on how it could do better.

St. Louis County Public Works Department is responsible for 3,000 miles of roads and right of ways, and each of these roads has a system to collect and discharge stormwater away from the road. This includes ditches or, for roads that have curbs, a system of buried storm sewer pipes and treatment technologies.

The website also includes information on what the county is required to do and why, the permitting process that Public Works follows, and contact information to report suspected stormwater contamination situations.


St. Louis County said it aims to keep its streets and streams clean. The area in and around Duluth and Hermantown encompasses the county's stormwater management, which is regulated by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit.

Anyone with feedback or suggestions on how the county manages stormwater runoff from County roads can email Carol Andrews at

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