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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. 

The City of Rochester Wins Blue Star Award for Clean Water!
The City of Rochester has receive the MInnesota Blue Star Award for its efforts to protect local water quality. The award is part of a statewide program honoring Minnesota communities that achieve excellence in stormwater mangement. Rochester received a high score following an assessment of key water protection indicators like runoff controls, education programs, and good housekeeping measures. Rochester's score was high enough to win the award, which is good for three years.

The award program, sponsored by a partnership between state agencies, watershed districts, engineering firm Emmons & Olivier Resources, and non-profit group Friends of the Mississippi River, is a voluntary statewide program offering cities and townships the opportunity to complete for clean water honors. More information about the Blue Star Award can be found at

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.

Decing Options - Did you know that temperature plays a role in whether or not your decing product will be effective? Use this handout to help determine which deicing product will work best this winter.