Storm Water (MS4)

Public Works employees inspect and maintain the City’s 29 miles of storm water system, which consists of 99 ponds and 6 pump stations.

The City takes a proactive approach to storm water run off. We strive to improve the City storm drainage system by constructing water holding basins to reduce the nutrient run off into our lakes and streams. The Public Works staff performs routine maintenance on our storm water collection system including lift stations and catch basin cleaning to insure proper drainage of storm water.

Homeowners are requested to minimize the discharge of grass clippings into the street because grass clippings and leaves are one of the major causes of obstructing catch basin drainage.  It is permissible for residents to remove leaves and grass clippings from storm water catch basins and streets in front of their home or in the neighborhood.

Our street sweeper logs more than 6,000 miles, removing nearly 5,000 yards of debris annually as part of the Minnesota Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) mandate.

To report any issues regarding storm water please contact the City of Detroit Lakes Street Department at or 218-847-4637.


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