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Storm Water Management in Rochester, Minnesota
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As our community grows, so must or commitment to protecting and improving the quality of our water resources.  Our lakes, rivers, and wetlands help make Rochester one of the nations' most livable communities.  Keeping our water resources clean and useable is in everyone's interest.

The stormwater website is undergoing an upgrade that includes restructuring. Our new website will be launched in upcoming months. Please contact 507-328-2440 or if you need any assistance locating items during this time. 

Application packets for the 2014 round of Realize Raingardens Rochester Cost-Share Grants are now available! New in 20114, the program has expanded to provide cost-share grants for both Rochester residents and non-profit organizations located within the city limits of Rochester. Residential applications ust propose projects located within Rochester's city limits on a residential parcel owned by a Rochester citizen. Community applications must be submitted by a non-profit organization for a proposed location within Rochester's city limits that has an ability to reach large audiences. Grant applications will be accepted January 1, 2014 through May 1, 2014.
2014 Residential Realize Raingardens Rochester Application & Supplemental Documents
2014 Community Realize Raingardens Rochester Application & Supplemental Documents
Click here for a list of Realize Raingardens Rochester locations to visit for inspiration.

More information on Storm Water Management is just a click away!

Managing Rochester’s Storm Water Fact Sheet - a fact sheet describing Rochester's storm water management system

Impaired Waters Viewer from MN Pollution Control Agency - a NEW tool for users to "Google" a Minnesota town and see the nearest impaired water.

Storm Water Management in Rochester - a presentation outlining Rochester's storm water management activities

Streams & Watersheds Map  - learn where different watersheds are located in Rochester

Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Stormwater Hotline - call to learn detailed information about Industrial, Construction, and Municipal Stormwater Programs

DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging Site - hyperlinks to real time river level data

Rochester's Storm Water Ponds & Mosquitoes - learn why storm water ponds limit the ability for mosquitoes to complete their life cycle and how you can prevent mosquito habitats from forming in your backyard.

To get more information about the City of Rochester click here to get to the web page.

To get more information about RNeighbors - Rochester, Minnesota's Neighborhood Resource Center click here.  Their website has information on RNeighborWoods, Neighborhood Associations, RColorful Corners, RCleanWater, A Litter Bit Better and more.