Regulations, Plans & Publications

Lake George Alum Treatment Information

Lake George is on the State’s Impaired Waters List for water clarity (ability to see through the water), elevated phosphorous and algae. To improve the water quality, the City of St. Cloud will be treating Lake George with aluminum sulfate (Alum). Alum reduces algae growth by bonding with the phosphorus present in the water column and trapping it in the sediment at the bottom of the lake. Alum has been used for lake restoration for decades. Alum treatment is a safe, effective and long-term method for controlling algae in small water systems like Lake George. This low cost, proven treatment option will improve Lake George’s water quality by reducing phosphorus concentrations, minimizing algae growth, and improving water clarity in this valuable City resource. For more information about the Lake George Alum Treatment and Schedule, click here.

Stormwater Use Code

The City of St. Cloud's Stormwater Use Code (PDF):

  • Establishes the Stormwater Utility
  • Prohibits illicit connections and discharges
  • Regulates land disturbing activities for erosion and sediment control
  • Establishes legal authority for inspections, monitoring and enforcement of local, state and federal laws

Trees In Streets, Parkways & Public Grounds Section 670

No person will plant or establish a rain garden within the limits of any street without first obtaining a permit from the Park and Recreation Director.

Land Development Code Article 19.12 Drainage Improvements

Article 19.12 of the City's Land Development Code contains post construction stormwater management requirements and standards including:
  • Volume control
  • Quality control
  • Rate control
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Design standards
These requirements are applied to new and redevelopment construction projects excluding individual residential projects.  

Stormwater Management Plan

St. Cloud's Stormwater Management Plan (PDF) serves as a comprehensive guide to managing the City's stormwater discharges in a cost effective manner. 

Anti-Degradation Plan

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) identified the City of St. Cloud as one of 30 cities required to complete an anti-degradation review. The review required the city to compile a report outlining best management practices (BMPs) needed to reduce the city's annual stormwater runoff volume, sediment loads and phosphorus loads to those estimated for year 1988.  

2012 Northeast Drainage Analysis

A detailed analysis of the NE Drainage Area was completed to better understand and estimate the levels of pollutant loads generated throughout the area and to identify potential improvements that will reduce future loading to the Mississippi River.

Draft Highbanks Ravine Drainage Assessment

The Highbanks Ravine Drainage Assessment is available for public review/comment thru January 20, 2018. Please send comments to or Stormwater Department, 400 Second Street South, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Lake George and Downtown Sub-Watershed Assessment

A detailed analysis of the Lake George and Downtown Area was completed to better understand and estimate the levels of pollutant loads generated throughout the area and to prioritize targeted improvements that will reduce pollutants from entering Lake George and the Mississippi River

Lake George Water Quality Treatment Technical Memo

Specific watershed treatment projects are identified to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff entering Lake George.

Northeast Drainage Water Quality Treatment Technical Memo

Specific watershed treatment projects are further identified and detailed to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff entering the  Mississippi River.

Lake George Limnology Report

The Limnology Report summarizes the biological, chemical and physical features of the Lake. The Report also provides a summary of water quality data collected and the schedule of tasks to be completed in the Lake to achieve water quality related goals.