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Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP)
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The City of Brooklyn Center is included in a group of communities with populations greater than 10,000 that are federally required to obtain a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit for managing non-point source storm water. Non-point source storm water is generally the overland flow of storm water that does not originate from a single pipe, otherwise known as point-source storm water.

The Phase II National Pollution and Discharge and Elimination System (NPDES) permitting process requires cities such as Brooklyn Center to file a Phase II NPDES permit with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) which addresses how the City will regulate and improve storm water discharges. The permit must include a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) addressing all the requirements of the permit.  The City is also responsible to put in place Best Management Practices (BMP's) to control pollution and provide clean storm water discharge to the Maximum Extent Practicable (MEP).  

Best Management Practices (BMPs)
BMPs are programs and policies used to to reduce or prevent pollution of surface and groundwater. 

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