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Welcome to the UMD Storm Water Website

We are sorry.  This portion of our website is currently being reconstructed.  If you have questions regarding UMD’s Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program please contact Erik Larson ( / 218-726-6915 for assistance.

Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP)

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.

Please see the side links for more information about our Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program.

UMD invites the public to comment on our Storm Water Pollution Control Program. If after viewing our SWPPP website, you would like to make any comments, please use our comment form.

We need your eyes to keep our waters clean. Please contact us if you see something storm water-related that seems questionable.



The University of Minnesota Duluth Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) will minimize, to the maximum extent practical, the possible negative impacts of the campus on the surrounding watersheds and ultimately the Lake Superior ecosystem.

To this end, the University of Minnesota Duluth will develop, implement, and enforce a storm water pollution prevention program to protect water quality and satisfy the appropriate requirements of the Clean Water Act.


1. To meet the requirements of the NPDES Phase II storm water requirements, the Clean Water Act, applicable Minnesota laws and statutes, and University of Minnesota environmental policies and procedures.

2. To minimize and/or regulate storm water surge volumes by promoting storm water sensitive design.

3. To educate our community about storm water issues.

4. To manage on campus storm water problems efficiently and effectively.

5. To promote overall watershed protection by working with Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA); Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR); and Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) owners and agencies represented by the Regional Stormwater Protection Team (RSPT).


Our community is composed of the students, employees, and contractors of the University of Minnesota Duluth. We will be targeting this audience for our specific Standard Operating Procedures, Best Management Practices, annual storm water events, notifications, etc. In realizing that we are but a small part of the Lake Superior watershed area, and that most of our community lives in the greater Duluth area, we will work in conjunction with the surrounding MS4s in promoting storm water education and in dealing with joint municipal storm water problems.

Last Modified: 12/11/2020