Most of the city's stormwater is directly discharged to the Mississippi River, Sauk River or wetlands; some runoff is routed through treatment processes including stormwater ponds. The city's stormwater system contains approximately:
142 stormwater treatment ponds
190 miles of pipe
250 water quality treatment structures
360 infiltration/filtration treatment practices
7,800 catch basins
Flooding or Draining Issues
Periods of warm(er) weather have been melting snow across the City.
If you notice urgent street flooding or draining issues please call us;
During daytime hours, call the St. Cloud Public Works Department 320-650-2900.
During weekend and evening hours, please call the non-emergency St. Cloud Police dispatch number 320-251-1200.
To find your nearest stormdrain please use the interactive storymap below.
For more information about how the City of St. Cloud designs its stormwater system, watch the video below.
Water quality deterioration throughout the United States prompted the US-EPA to mandate stormwater management programs. As a result, the City of St. Cloud must comply with federal stormwater requirements through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The City is responsible for maintaining compliance with Minnesota’s General National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s).
To comply with the NPDES Permit, the City is implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). The City's SWPPP Document includes best management practices (BMPs) designed to reduce negative impacts on water quality to the maximum extent possible. The City of St. Cloud's Stormwater Utility has an important role in maintaining and improving water quality and regulatory compliance.
The SWPPP includes 6 categories:
Public Education and Outreach
Public Participation and Involvement
Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
Construction Site Runoff Controls
Post-Construction Stormwater Management
Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping for Municipal Operations