Stormwater Management

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The City of Eden Prairie encourages residents to help the City and local watershed districts manage stormwater and protect our waterways.

Over time, more impervious surfaces, such as roads, rooftops and parking lots, have been built around the City. These surfaces do not allow rain to absorb into the ground, resulting in larger amounts of water flowing more quickly to a downstream creek, wetland, pond or lake than it would in a natural prairie or wooded landscape.

Large rainstorms can lead to flooding and erosion in downstream channels. Stormwater is also a leading transporter of pollutants from our streets. Homeowners can help protect valuable property and enhance water quality at the same time by using the methods listed below.

BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES
DOWNSTREAM BENEFITS
WATER QUALITY BENEFITS
GROUNDWATER BENEFITS
Rain gardens or vegetated ditches
Reduces amount and speed of runoff
Filters runoff, allows plants to consume excess fertilizers
Recharges groundwater if infiltrated
Rain Barrels
Reduces amount of runoff
Reuse of stormwater
Conserves water
Redirecting downspouts from impervious surfaces to vegetated areas
Allows infiltration, reduces speed of runoff
Allows filtering of runoff to remove pollutants
Cleans surface water before it infiltrates to groundwater
Pervious pavements or pavers in place of asphalt or concrete
Allows infiltration, reduces speed of runoff
Allows filtering of runoff to remove pollutants
Cleans surface water before it infiltrates to groundwater

If watershed district rules require you to design and implement a Stormwater Best Management Practice (BMP) on your property, contact your watershed district for more information regarding which BMPs meet that requirement. Rebate and cost-sharing programs may be available through the City or watershed district. To protect drinking water, there may be restrictions on the types of BMPs that can be used to recharge groundwater.

EDEN PRAIRIE WATERSHED DISTRICTS
Nine Mile Creek
Riley-Purgatory-Bluff Creek

Lower Minnesota River

Contact the City's environmental coordinator with questions and before designing a rain garden or other infiltrating BMP. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Stormwater Manual is a great resource and has more information on design standards and additional BMPs.

Click here to learn about water quality management rebates.