Stormwater Management

Troy Nemmers
Director of Public Works/City Engineer
100 Downtown Plaza
Fairmont, MN 56031
(507) 238-3942

Stormwater management plays an important role in protecting our lakes, rivers, creeks and wetlands. The City of Fairmont is located in the Blue Earth River watershed and the stormwater discharged drains into the Blue Earth River. The pollutants carried off of our streets, parking lots and property can affect the water quality in our lakes and rivers, which are used for public recreation, aquatic life and most importantly, consumption.

The City of Fairmont has implemented a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) based on regulations established by the Clean Water Act (CWA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Fairmont maintains a small municipal separate stpr, sewer system (MS4) permit regulated by the MPCA. The permit’s goal is to reduce the pollutant load received by public waters within the city of the maximum practicable extent using best management practices (BMPs). The permit contains six minimum control measures (MCMs) which include:

  • Public Education
  • Public Involvement
  • Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination
  • Construction
  • Post-Construction
  • Pollution and Prevention and Good Housekeeping

Each of the MCMs have been implemented and addressed in the comprehensive SWPPP. A full description of each MCM can be found in the City’s SWPPP, which is located in MS4 permit page.

Links of Interest
Stormwater Home Page
Education & Outreach
Land Disturbance Permit Application
Land Disturbance Permit Transfer Fact Sheet
MS4 Permit
MS4 Annual Public Meeting – 2017
MS4 Annual Public Meeting – 2014
MS4 Annual Public Meeting – 2013
Public Feedback
Residential SWPPP Example
Residential SWPPP Guidance
Shoreland Residential SWPPP Example
Stormwater Links
Stormwater Proposed Ordinance 2018
Stormwater Survey – 2018

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