This page is dedicated to providing the citizens and property owners of Maplewood with information on the city's efforts to manage stormwater in order to promote the conservation of our valuable water resources.
When rain falls on land and impervious areas, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, it can wash away sediments, oil, grease, chemicals, nutrients, metals, litter and pathogens. Left unmanaged, these pollutants enter our lakes and streams via the storm sewer system, significantly contributing to the degradation of these important resources. Another source of water pollution is the phosphorus from lawn fertilizer. This nutrient turns lakes and rivers green with algae.
Homeowners and commercial groundskeepers need to keep grass clippings from the streets, driveways and other paved areas where they can wash away with stormwater runoff. Grass clippings that fall on paved areas should be swept up!
The Maplewood City Council has established protection and enhancement of the environmental features as a high priority. In particular, management of the surface water features of the city is viewed as a critical endeavor that requires a renewed focus. One way of achieving this is through the city's environmental utility fee (EUF) which finances a portion of the city's storm water facilities to manage and treat runoff. For more information on the EUF, click on the link below.