The City follows standards from the state's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Stormwater Permit. A state permit is required for construction activities for sites disturbing more than 1 acre of soil.
Erosion and sediment controls are devices and materials used to help protect our natural environment and preserve water quality. These controls, such as silt fence, erosion control blankets, and mulch, are useful measures to keep sediment on the project site and out of the storm sewers, which lead directly to our lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Sediment entering water resources help feed algae blooms in area lakes and ponds.
If you are pursuing a project on your property, check to determine if your projects trigger a Natural Resource Management Permit. For projects not requiring a permit, homeowners should still use best practices to prevent soil from leaving the site by stabilizing disturbed soils as soon as possible. The City provides free wood chips for homeowners to help stabilize areas.
Natural Resources Management Permit Information and Applications: