Stormwater Program - St. Cloud VA Health Care System
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St. Cloud VA Health Care System


Stormwater Program


☐  A portion of the St. Cloud VA’s stormwater is directly discharged to the Sauk River; some stormwater runoff is routed to underground infiltration systems that prevent sediment and nutrient laden discharge.

☐  The St. Cloud VA’s stormwater system contains approximately:

       - Three underground infiltration treatment systems
       - Six infiltration basins
       - Seven outfalls
       - Two-thousand feet of pipe
       - One hundred-thirty catch basins


☐  The St. Cloud VA is regulated as a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System and must maintain a Minnesota General Pollution Discharge Elimination (NPDES) Permit for Small Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems.

☐  To comply with the NPDES Permit, the St. Cloud VA has developed and is implementing a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP).

☐  The VA’s SWPPP includes best management practices (BMPs) designed to reduce negative impacts on water quality. The SWPPP includes six control measures:

     1. Public Education and Outreach
     2. Public Participation and Involvement
     3. Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
     4. Construction Site Runoff Controls
     5. Post-Construction Stormwater Management
     6. Pollution Prevention and Good Housekeeping for Operations

☐  How Can You Improve Water Quality?

The St. Cloud VA is a member of the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance (CMWEA), which is a collation of central Minnesota cities, counties and other organizations that provides educational outreach to promote water quality stewardship. By working in concert, the members of CMWEA are able to provide a consistent water quality educational message in a cost-effective manner.

If you are interested in how you can help improve local water quality, visit the Central Minnesota Water Education Alliance website.


☐  Construction stormwater, if not controlled, can be a major source of stormwater pollution. The St. Cloud VA maintains a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Policy and Standard Operating Procedures to compel compliance with Erosion and Sediment Control Plans, Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act, and the Minnesota NPDES/SDS Construction Stormwater Permit.

☐  Questions?
Call Facilities Management Projects Section, (320) 255-6346

☐  Regulatory & Education Materials:

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Construction Stormwater General Permit

Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act

Minnesota Stormwater Manual


☐  An illicit discharge is any connection or discharge which allow non-stormwater to enter into the storm drain system.

☐  Illicit discharge examples include:
     - Yard or plant waste being dumped in a storm drain
     - Concrete washout into a storm drain
     - Sanitary sewer pipes that are connected to a storm drain
     - Oil or grease that is dumped or flows into a storm drain
     - Washing vehicles or equipment into the storm drain

☐  The St. Cloud VA relies on reporting of sightings of illicit discharges to storm drains on its campus. If you see a substance other than rain entering a storm drain, please call (320) 252-1670 ext. 6245.

Please include the following information:
     - A brief description of the issue
     - The location of the discharge or connection
     - Contact information for follow-up purposes only