Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP)

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To reduce the quantity and improve the quality of storm water flowing off campus, UMD has developed a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). The SWPPP is approved by the Minnesota pollution Control Agency, acting on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection agency to enforce the federal Clean Water Act. 

There are six minimum control measures required in the SWPPP, including:

  1. Public Education and Outreach
  2. Public Involvement and Participation
  3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  4. Construction Storm Water Runoff Control
  5. Post Construction Storm Water
  6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping

The University of Minnesota Duluth has established a set of best management practices (BMPs) to reduce impacts on its receiving waters to the maximum extent practicable (MEP) for each of the six minimum control measures. These BMPs form the framework of the SWPPP. UMD is part of the larger University of Minnesota system and as such most regulatory/enforcement mechanisms and many "system wide" BMPs are managed from the Twin Cities Campus.  For the most part these are collaborative efforts between UMD and UMTC.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Stormwater website

UMD 2020 MS4 Permit Application

Updated websites for UMD 2020 MS4 Permit Application

UMD is required to annually report to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. These reports are listed below.


2021 Annual Report    Supporting Documents

2020 Annual Report    Supporting Documents



UMD Stormwater pollution prevention program. Help us keep our stormwater clean! It all comes down to your water.