County provides information - and wants feedback - on stormwater pollution prevention efforts

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Public Works Department  • Richard H. Hansen Transportation & Public Works Complex
4787 Midway Road, Duluth, MN 55811 • Phone: (218) 625-3830

James T. Foldesi, P.E.
Public Works Director/Highway Engineer




December 21, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: Carol Andrews

St. Louis County Public Works Environmental Project Manager

218-625-3862 (office) • 218-390-8981 (cell)


County provides information - and wants feedback - on stormwater pollution prevention efforts


St. Louis County Public Works Department is responsible for 3,000 miles of roads and right-of-ways, and each of these roads has a system to collect and discharge stormwater away from the road, This includes ditches or, for roads that have curbs, a system of buried storm sewer pipes and treatment technologies.


As it does each year, Public Works is providing an update on the work it is doing to protect water quality, and also is looking for any suggestions from the public on how it could do better. In most years, a public meeting is held. This year, due to COVID, the county has prepared an online presentation that people can watch any time. The video, along with other information, is online at


The website also includes information on what the County is required to do and why, the permitting process that Public Works follows, and contact information to report suspected stormwater contamination situations.


St. Louis County aims to keep its streets and streams clean. The area in and around the cities of Duluth and Hermantown encompasses the county's stormwater management which is regulated by Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System permit. Anyone with feedback or suggestions on how the county manages stormwater runoff from County roads can email Carol Andrews at