Above and beyond. MPCA recognizes Valmont Industries for minimizing stormwater pollution through best management practices.
Chances are most everyone reading this has, at some point in life been told, “you’re old enough to know right from wrong.” And most people grow up wanting to do the right things; doing right by your family, your friends, and even our land and water resources. Valmont Industries, a metal fabricating facility in Farmington, is an example of a company doing right by minimizing stormwater pollution through best management practices.
Valmont, like any other similar industry, operates under a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency industrial stormwater permit that requires monitoring to meet standards for pollutants leaving their facility through stormwater runoff. In 2011, Valmont realized they were exceeding those standards for total suspended solids, iron and aluminum. After consulting with MPCA staff, Valmont began implementing a series of best management practice strategies.
Through trial and error, continuing to research and install better options, and upgrading as they grew, Valmont has succeeded in filtering more of those pollutants out of their stormwater runoff. Valmont Engineer Steve Tietz tells the story of his company’s efforts in this Best Management Practice Options video, recently produced by the MPCA.
For its persistence and commitment to doing right by our resources, the MPCA thanks Valmont Industries for going Above and Beyond for industrial stormwater management.