City of Owatonna Stormwater Management

"Clean H2Owatonna" is the City of Owatonna's Stormwater Management Program to keep our streams, river, and waterways  clean of pollution.

Stormwater is water from rain or melting snow that does not soak into the ground. Instead, it flows from rooftops, across paved areas, and through sloped lawns. As stormwater moves across these surfaces, it can pick up and carry along pollutants such as yard and pet waste, sediment, chemicals, oil, grease, and other possible contaminants. This water enters our community storm drains and flows directly, untreated, to Willow Creek, Maple Creek, Crane Creek, or the Straight River and eventually the Cannon River.


 Provide us feedback!

The City of Owatonna appreciates any feedback, comments, or question regarding the MS4 Program, SWPPP, and Stormwater Management Plan/Ordinance. A copy of the MS4 Permit, Program, and SWPPP document are available on the 2nd floor of the City Administration Building for viiewing during normal office hours and on the Stormwater Website. The documents will also be made available during the Steele County Fair at the CRWP/City Booth in the Izaak Walton League Building.

Complete the MS4 Program Citizen Survey

You may also submit a Comments Sheet to or write your comments through the Stormwater Hotline.


The City is seeking organizations and individuals to make a positive impact on the community and our natural resources through various stormwater programs.

Water Quality Participation Oppurtunities 






Contractor and Resident Workshop - Alternative Turf Options

Increasing numbers of property owners are looking to replace their lawn with something that is beautiful, ecologically friendly, and lower maintenance.

A low maintenance lawn functions like a typical lawn but is made up of fescues that require less water and less fertilizer, pesticides, and mowing than Kentucky bluegrass.  “Bee Lawns” are made of a mix of grasses and low-growing perennials that can be used and treated much like a regular lawn, but also offer high-quality nutrition to pollinators, something that is becoming increasingly important to many gardeners and homeowners. 

These alternative turf options are recommended for their hardiness, ecological benefits, low-growing nature and ease of maintenance.  Techniques covered include over-seeding a traditional lawn, building from the bottom up, common maintenance issues, turf replacement, installation, and care instructions.

Where: Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901

When: Wednesday October 11th, 2017 from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Registeration: Register for this FREE event by Wednesday, October 4 by sending name, organization, title, email address and phone number to or call 651-299-2426.


This Blue Thumb workshop is offered in partnership with Metro Blooms, the Cities of Rochester, Faribault, and Owatonna, and the Zumbro Watershed Partnership.


Join us for 2017 Watershed Wide Clean-up!

Gather your friends, family, and colleages for this years 9th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up which will be held on Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM!

Join us at Morehouse Park! Straight River Clean-Up 

Thank you for your hard work, all who have volunteered in the past!





Or by contacting the CRWP Office at 507-786-3913



Contractor Workshop - Raingardens and Other Stormwater BMP's

In partnership with Blue Thumb, Metro Blooms, Cities of Rochester, Faribault, Owatonna, and Zumbro Watershed Partnership this FREE workshop will cover benefits of bioengineering approach to stormwater management, site assessments and hydrology, runoff estimates and flow paths, shooting grades, cell design, excavation and installation, infiltration testing, decompaction, and plant selection. Register now space is limited.

Where: Cascade Meadows 2900 19th Street NW Rochester, MN 55901

When: Friday March 17, 2017


OR call 651-699-2426






Residential Construction Stormwater Training 2017

The City of Owatonna invites you to attend a FREE information session regarding current regulatory information, site preparation, site best management practices, inspection procedures, and the permit termination process.

Contractor Stormwater Training 2017 

RSVP by March 14th here:


Join us for CRWP's 2017 Film Series "Downstream" in Northfield!

The series will feature a diverse selection of feature-length and local short films followed by a riveting discussion led by local experts. This year's program ranges from issues of climate change and sustainability, to film as a tool for environmental awareness and activism, to the health of our rivers. The goal is to connect environmental issues and perspectives to our local communities, to promote discussion and to inspire action.



All screenings include a community discussion led by local experts!

Event Details:

Saturday, February 11th, 2017 4:30 - 7:00 PM at St. Olaf College Tomson Hall 280

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 4:30 - 7:00 PM at Carleton College Weitz Center

Saturday, February 25th, 2017 4:30 - 8:00 PM at Northfield High School Auditorium (Silent Auction)


If you would like to support CRWP's Downstream event through donation of funds or silent auctions items, please contact organizers at or 507-786-3913.



The City of Owatonna appreciates efforts made by Harper Tuchtenhagen (below) and her father Scott Tuchtenhagen for collecting 10 gallons of debris and adopting catch basins along 12 St. SE. Storm Drain Marking


A special thank you to Catholic Daughters of the Americas (below) for the adoption of the Autumn Hills Rain Gardens and to Steele County Child Care Association for the adoption of the Rose Street Rain Garden. Rain Garden Adoption 



Beautify your yard and create healthy habitat with a raingarden!

The Cities of Faribault, Northfield and Owatonna invite the public to attend a free Raingarden Workshop: Planting for Pollinators on Saturday June 11, 2016.  There will be an introductory presentation about rain gardens and pollinator-friendly native plants followed by personalized recommendations for each property owner with assistance from area landscape professionals. 

Workshop is 9:30am-12:30pm at Faribault Public Works building: 1200 Belview Trail in Faribault. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Interested individuals may contact Faribault Public Works Department: or 507-333-0361.






For spill emergencies or if calling after normal business hours, please contact the Fire Department at 911. To report spills, dumping or draining of pollutants to the street, storm drain, drainageway, or waterway, call Bradley Rademacher Stormwater Manager at 507-774-7300.  

  Report a potential Illicit Discharge