Stormwater Management


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The City of Moorhead is designated as a small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4); therefore, the City is required to obtain coverage from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to discharge stormwater.

View the City of Moorhead Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan.

Stormwater Runoff

In a natural environment, rainwater and snowmelt soak into the ground or are captured by trees or other plants. As land is developed, it is covered by impervious surface, (e.g. rooftops, driveways, and parking lots), which prevents runoff from soaking into the ground. Runoff is captured and transported by the storm sewer system. The storm sewer system ultimately discharges to the Red River.

Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is essential in keeping our homes from flooding during storm events and to protect the environment in which we live. Stormwater runoff from streets and property contain pollutants such as automotive fluids, pet waste, fertilizers and grass clippings. These pollutants are carried into the storm sewer system and ultimately discharged into the Red River.

You can help reduce the amount of pollutants entering waterways by applying Best Management Practices (BMP’s). Visit Stormwater Public Education to learn more about BMP’s.

Stormwater Utility Fee

The stormwater utility fee is used to protect the waterway and land in the City by controlling flooding and protecting the natural environment.  The fee assessed is used to cover costs for operating, maintaining and monitoring the stormwater system.

Stormwater Hotline

Email Stormwater staffor call 218.299.5386

Other Stormwater Related Websites