The City relies on its residents to help maintain stormwater systems. If you see stormwater system issues like dirt flowing into a pond or river, large amounts of litter in a storm water structure, unauthorized dumping into a storm water drain, or polluted stormwater ponds, please contact Jesse Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-882-2686.
Some of Savage’s most valuable resources are its natural amenities like ponds, wetlands, prairies, and the Minnesota River. Year after year, residents rank natural resources as one of the top reasons why they appreciate living in Savage.
Our Natural Resource and Water Resource staff help to manage, promote, and protect these natural features.
- Vegetation and invasive species management
- Boulevard tree inspection, removal, and maintenance planning
- Storm water pond maintenance projects including seeding, dredging, and noxious and invasive species control
- Wetland buffer, erosion control, grass height, and other policy enforcement designed to preserve the city's natural resources
- Water quality and quantity program implementation including the Water Resource Management Plan and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
- Natural resource and environmental education and outreach program development
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is water that comes from rain or melting snow. This runoff can flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as building rooftops, paved streets and parking lots, and does not soak into the ground. As the runoff flows, it can pick up various pollutants, including trash, chemicals, oils and dirt/sediment that can harm our streams and lakes. To help protect these waterbodies, state and federal rules and regulations have been established to help manage stormwater.
What is the benefit of ponds and wetlands in residential areas?
Ponds treat and manage a portion of the community's storm water. Primarily, this is the runoff from your yard and your neighbors' yards and the associated streets and sidewalks. One of the City’s requirements is the maintenance of a 17-foot buffer around the pond. This buffer is an area around the pond that contains native, low or no-maintenance vegetation that protects and improves the ability of the pond to treat stormwater. It is the homeowner’s responsibility to not impact the 17-foot buffer. This includes mowing or otherwise modifying the buffer vegetation. Also prohibited is the planting of new vegetation or placement of permanent or temporary fixtures. If you have a wetland on your property, the buffer could be greater than 17 feet.
Why is my yard so wet?
Especially, but not only in the springtime, soil can still be partially frozen from the winter. This frozen soil does not allow surface water to take its natural path down into the groundwater. As the temperatures warm and the soils thaw, surface water will migrate downward to replenish needed water supplies and feed plants. Additional causes of wet yards include shady conditions, rain gutters and sumps discharging into low or flat areas, and filling or otherwise blocking the intended flow of surface water.
Why is the pond behind my house so green and covered with floating vegetation?
Ponds with limited flushing of water in and out of them can grow large amounts of algae and other water plants. Most of this plant growth dies off in the winter, but the growth is often accelerated in urban environments due to the excess fertilizers that are flushed into the ponds. The same fertilizer that makes your lawn green will also accelerate the plant growth in the ponds. If water can flow directly from your yard into the pond, the required pond buffer strip identified above can intercept most of these contaminants before they get to the pond.