Public Comment Form

Commenting open: January 17, 2023 12:00AM CT - March 03, 2023 11:59PM CT.

Construction Stormwater General Permit


We invite you to provide comments on the draft construction stormwater general permit.


When stormwater drains off a construction site, it carries sediment and other pollutants that harm lakes, streams, and wetlands. According to EPA estimates, up to 150 tons of soil per acre is lost every year due to stormwater runoff on construction sites, That's why construction site owners and their construction operators must sign off on a construction stormwater general permit.


The draft general permit includes several changes from the previous general permit, including
  • encouraging the use of wildlife-friendly erosion control products whenever possible;
  • requiring permittees to remove sediment lost to adjacent areas of the project, even if there is not a surface water impact. The removal is necessary to the extent allowable by law or physical access constraints;
  • requiring permittees to submit representative photographs of the site's final stabilization with the notice of termination;
  • reducing weekly inspections at solar panel sites when the permittee uses pollinator and native prairie seed mixes.



The MPCA is holding a public information meeting on February 7, 2023, 10 a.m. - Noon. For more information on this meeting, visit the MPCA's stormwater webpage: https://www.pca.state.mn.us/business-with-us/construction-stormwater


A construction stormwater permit provides coverage for stormwater discharges associated with construction activity including clearing, grading, and excavation that disturb one acre or more of land. The permit requires permittees to develop and implement a stormwater pollution prevention plan to address the potential for discharge of sediment and/or other potential pollutants.


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Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
c/o Todd Smith
520 Lafayette Road
Saint Paul, MN 55155

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