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 Maple Creek, Crane Creek, or the Straight River.

The City of Owatonna appreciates citizen input regarding the City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). Click on Ordinance and SWPPP under the education tab.


The Engineering Department is seeking organizations and individuals to make a positive impact on our community's natural resources through the following stormwater programs: 

  1. Adopt a Catch Basin
  2. Adopt a Rain Garden
  3. Rain Garden Cost Share 



Save the date - 6th Annual Watershed Wide Clean-up on September 20th, 2014!


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.



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.


Please feel free to contact us if you're interested in our programs at  Or call 507-774-7300



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

 Click here to Report a potential Illicit Discharge