Industrial stormwater

What's new — February 2018

Frequently asked question

Forklift moving box filled with ewasteQuestion:  I need help training my staff on industrial stormwater requirements. Are there any workshops that can help?

Answer:  Yes! The MPCA and the University of Minnesota are offering "Development of your ISW Annual Training" workshops. 

These 2.5 hour events offer hands-on, facility-specific guidance on permit training requirements and how staff can train others at their business or facility. 

For more information, or to register for these and other U of M workshops, go to:

Workshop dates/times:

  • Regulations, SWPPPS, Sampling and Monitoring “overview” workshop: April 18, 2018, White Bear Lake
  • Development of your ISW Annual Training workshop: May 3, 2018, Chanhassen
  • Development of your ISW Annual Training workshop: May 16, 2018, White Bear Lake


Industrial Stormwater Permit Information Access

A searchable database to find detailed information about industrial stormwater facilities. Permittees: download your quarterly sampling forms, annual report, and change form here.

10 steps to compliance

Step 1: Applicability — do you need a permit?

Step 2: Consider certifying for No Exposure

Step 3: Assess for pollutants, sources of contaminated stormwater

Step 4: Create SWPPP, choose and implement BMPs

Step 5: Gather application materials before applying

Step 6: Apply, modify or terminate permit coverage / No Exposure certification

Step 7: Follow applicable permit /sector-specific requirements

Step 8: Annual requirements — employee training, reports and monthly inspections

Step 9: Sampling

Step 10: Submitting sample results

Industrial Stormwater e-Newsletters

  • 2017 annual reports are available!
  • Register now for an upcoming industrial stormwater training workshop
  • Maximizing stormwater BMPs for phosphorus removal webinar
Published: January 04, 2018
  • Industrial stormwater training opportunity!
  • New facility contacts? Let us know!
  • Stormwater improvements: Success stories wanted
Published: October 09, 2017
  • Featured article: How's the water?
  • Breweries and distilleries: Do you need permit coverage?
  • Hennepin County hazardous waste inspectors helping businesses, Minnesota’s waters
  • MPCA permit file reviews: A compliance check
  • Tips and tricks to manage winter salt storage and save money
Published: September 05, 2017

Program contact information

About the Industrial Stormwater Program

  • Develop an effective Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which contains your Stormwater Control Measures, described as Best Management Practices (BMPs).
  • Manage stormwater runoff by meeting the permit requirements or certify condition of No Exposure.
  • Read and comply with the PDF icon Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Activity (wq-strm3-67a)