Surface Water Management Plan

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Wetland buffer with purple loostrife in PlymouthAs Plymouth continues to grow, develop, and redevelop, urbanization will continue to impact the quality of ponds, wetlands, streams and lakes. The City is updating its Surface Water Management Plan to comply with the rules and requirements of the 3rd Generation Plans of each watershed management organization (WMO) within the City (Bassett, Elm, Minnehaha, Shingle) and the Board of Soil and Water Resources (Minnesota Rule 8410). The Metropolitan Council also has a role in water resources management at the local level. Current Metropolitan Council goals and policies pertaining to water management are addressed in its 2040 Water Resources Management Policy Plan.

The City of Plymouth’s strategy for improving water quality focuses on pollution prevention first and storm water treatment second. The plan goes beyond reacting to problems after they occur by implementing proactive programs and policies to protect surface water. The City annually assesses the condition of water resources and develops strategies for achieving realistic, attainable, implementable and affordable goals. This plan utilizes environmental and water resource inventories, monitoring data, citizen input, ordinances and other available information to work towards achieving the goals. The plan is the framework for implementation of best management practices (BMPs), programs and policies to manage surface water and to meet goals established for water resources in the future.

Over the next 10 years, the City anticipates a transition from a majority of development projects to a majority of redevelopment projects. The Plan focus will continue to be on problems associated with increased runoff volumes, sedimentation and storm water discharge into city lakes and wetlands.

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Water Resources Manager

Plymouth City Hall | 3400 Plymouth Blvd. | Plymouth, MN 55447-1482
P 763-509-5500 | F 763-509-5510 | engineering@plymouthmn.gov

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