St. Cloud VA Health Care System
STORMWATER SYSTEM INFORMATION
☐ 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
STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION
☐ 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
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND OUTREACH
☐ 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 SITE INFORMATION
☐ 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.
Call Facilities Management Projects Section, (320) 255-6346
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Construction Stormwater General Permit
Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act
Minnesota Stormwater Manual
REPORT AN ILLICIT DISCHARGE
☐ 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