Stormwater Management


What flows on the surface of the land and streets in an urban area, ultimately ends up in local streams, rivers and Lake Michigan. The storm sewer system in the City of Cedarburg does not lead to the Sewage Treatment Facility.

If local citizens dump waste oil, gas, pesticides, fertilizers, or pet waste in the street area, they are ultimately polluting our local waters. Careless management of construction sites are also contributors to poor water quality. This page will help inform our citizens of household practices that everyone can do to help clean up Cedarburg’s beautiful waters.


WPDES Municipal Stormwater Permit Information

The Clean Water Act which was mandated by Congress in 1972, is enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and was developed to address urban sources of stormwater pollution called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). The NPDES requirements were then passed on to the states for implementation. In an effort to meet these requirements, Wisconsin created its version of the NPDES called the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES). Under the WPDES program, municipalities that discharge pollutants into the storm drain system are required to obtain a storm water discharge permit.

The City received its current WPDES Permit on March 1, 2007. This permit allows discharges of stormwater from all portions of the City’s municipal storm sewer system and will expire on February 28, 2012. The stormwater permit requires the City of Cedarburg to implement a variety of programs that are intended to reduce the amount of pollutants entering the storm sewer system, which ultimately ends up in our streams, rivers and lake.

WDNR Municipal Permit (June 12, 2013)


Citizen Information

This page is dedicated to help guide citizens’ to improve their household practices to ultimately improve the quality of surface water in the City of Cedarburg. Location of the local composting site is also found here. Find the dates for curbside brush pickup and other helpful web pages. It is important that we all work together to clean the waters of the City of Cedarburg.


Contractor Information

What do you need to do in order to comply with the City of Cedarburg Stormwater Management and Construction Site Erosion Control ordinance? Find some of the answers here. Also find links to other helpful web pages, and other organizations that can help you in your construction requirements.