The Municipal Separate Storm Sewer (MS4) program is a permit coordinated by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Each municipality in the VLAWMO watershed holds one of these permits to account for stormwater that's generated in the Cities or Townships, and transported to local lakes, streams, and wetlands.
The goal of the MS4 program is to reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on water resources, and the permit is designed to help communities develop strategies and infrastructure to support this goal.
As a joint powers organization, VLAWMO is involved with supporting its partner communities as they develop and maintain their MS4 programs. Examples include developing content for smart salting/winter maintenance, pet waste, the prevention of illicit discharge (illegal dumping into stormdrains/ditches) and the construction and maintenance of best management practices such as raingardens and retention ponds.
Comment periods for VLAWMO's communities are open during late August into September, 2021. This includes Gem Lake, North Oaks, Lino Lakes, White Bear Lake, White Bear Township, and Vadnais Heights.
Written comments from the public help support the development of effective MS4 programs, providing a better understanding of communication, education, and participation needs from the public.
Click here to find posted permits and participate in your City or Township's comment period. The option is also available to sign-up to be notified via email when new postings are made.
Find out more about the program and the permitting process at the MS4 home page.