The City of Hopkins will hold its annual Storm Water Informational Meeting in the Council Chambers at City Hall on Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 6 pm.
Staff will make a brief presentation outlining the City of Hopkins Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, followed by a question and answer period. Public input will be taken on the content of the SWPPP, and public participation is encouraged.
The goals of the meeting are to inform the public on the current SWPPP, receive public comment on the SWPPP, and raise awareness of the importance of good storm water management.
You can view a copy of the SWPPP at City Hall. Contact the City’s Engineering Department for more information at 952-548-6357.
All the water from rain and snow that falls in Hopkins and is not absorbed or evaporated runs into the City's storm sewer system, entering through storm drains found in streets and gutters.
Storm sewer pipes then carry this clear water (not waste water, which goes through the sanitary sewer system) to streams, ponds, or other water bodies.
As the water moves to the drains, it picks up sediment and pollutants from yards, streets, parking lots, roofs, etc, and carries them through the storm sewer system into creeks, ponds, and other water bodies. This can include soil, leaves, grass clippings, pet waste, oil, fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and litter, all which can have a damaging effect on the natural body of water they end up in.
Hopkins is divided by two watersheds—the Nine Mile Creek Watershed and Minnehaha Creek Watershed. The northern and eastern portions of the city drain to Minnehaha Creek, and the southern and central portions of the city drain to Nine Mile Creek. The city has been delineated into about 60 subwatersheds.
In 2010, Hopkins was one of four cities in Minnesota to be awarded a Blue Star Award, given to communities that are taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota’s water resources and public health through excellence in stormwater management.