Learn more about Bioretention facilities and the role they play in filtering runoff.
Disconnect Roof Drains
In some areas of Owatonna, roof downspouts are connected directly to the storm sewer system. Disconnecting the downspout re-directs the stormwater to your yard where it can soak into the soil rather than onto an impervious driveway or sidewalk.
Low Impact Development
Low Impact Development or LID is a stormwater management approach and site-design technique that emphasizes water infiltration, values water as a resource and promotes the use of natural systems to treat water runoff.
Porous Pavement Alleys
The City has two alleys located near flood prone areas in the downtown area. Both alleys are located within three blocks or the Straight River, a water body listed on the 303(d) list for both turbidity and fecal coliform impairments. The native soil located in this area is sand, which provides for increased infiltration.
Read about rain barrels and their importance in stormwater management.
Rain Gardens are important because as cities and suburbs grow and replace forests and agricultural land, increased stormwater runoff from impervious surfaces becomes a problem.
Vegetative Buffers are essential to preventing soils from becoming disturbed from their location is the most efficient and cost effective way to avoid soils from being lost.