Storm DrainAbout Stormwater

  • Stormwater is water that comes from precipitation and ice/snow melt – it either soaks into soil or remains on top of impervious surfaces, like pavement or rooftops. Stormwater will eventually evaporate off of a level surface, but most often it flows as runoff to another location. Surface water generally results from rainfall or snow.
  • As part of the Federal Clean Water Act, the MSD is mandated to mitigate the pollutants from storm drain runoff and snowmelt that can contribute to our watershed.
  • We work together with businesses and homeowners to minimize pollutants transported by stormwater runoff.
  • We can help identify opportunities and implement recommendations necessary to exceed the expectations for Stormwater and Grading-related concerns. Our engaging outreach and creative approach to stormwater controls have helped to prevent or reduce contaminated stormwater runoff from discharging harmful pollutants into local surface waters

Services We Provide

  • Stormwater/Grading-related Ordinances
  • Hazard Mitigation Plans
  • Service Delivery Strategies
  • Short-Term Work Programs
  • Joint Land Use Studies
  • Day-to-day SWPPP/Grading Reviews and Inspections
  • Post Construction Tracking and Inspections
  • Protection of Wetlands and Aquatic Ecosystems

Stormwater Fee  

In the Spring of 2018, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) worked with the Salt Lake County Public Works Engineering Division on a new funding mechanism for stormwater-related services within the MSD Service Area, known as a stormwater fee. 

Funding through a stormwater fee generally has an advantage over funding through taxes because the fee more fairly distributes costs among different user groups and ensures adequate funding for stormwater services.

Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP)

StormwaterWorking together to minimize pollutants transported by stormwater runoff.

  • We specialize in enforcing stormwater controls, known as Best Management Practices (BMPs) throughout Municipal Service District (MSD) communities by working with construction companies, industries, the public, and others. Our professional staff utilizes cross-discipline collaboration and is committed to developing practical solutions that ensure compatibility between existing structures, new structures, and natural environments.
  • A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required by the State of Utah Pollution Discharge Elimination System (UPDES) to address the exposure of pollutants in each proposed construction process at every site so that activities, materials, and processes are managed using Best Management Practices (BMPs) to minimize pollutants transported off-site by stormwater runoff.