Stormwater Management

Stormwater management is critical to preserving the quality of water in North Dakota. The City of West Fargo's storm sewer drains into the Sheyenne River and has a direct influence on our natural environment. Stormwater management also helps protect our homes from flooding and keeps water from damaging our property.

Any pollutants or sediment that enters the city storm sewer system can harm to the aquatic life in our rivers, animals along its banks, or the thousands of people in the state who use rivers for recreation or as a water supply. To help manage stormwater, the City of West Fargo has developed a storm water management program, which allows us to better regulate what enters our rivers.

Stormwater Hotline

Reporting a Violation

To report a resident/business that is illegally polluting or discharging to the storm sewer system please email Chad Zander or call (701) 515-5400.

Winter Stormwater Reminders

The City of West Fargo requires that all street inlet protection devices be removed effective Nov. 1. With the winter season coming up, the devices need to be removed before City snow plows catch and destroy them or the inlets. It’s important to remove all the sediment from the devices when they are removed and not allow the sediment to enter the storm sewer system. Any protection devices left in place will be removed by the Public Works Department. 

The City of West Fargo also recommends that all perimeter controls (ex. straw wattles) that will be left in place to be moved two feet back. This will ensure they are not damaged by City snow plows. Please keep in mind that protection is required as snow melts in the spring.  

The City of West Fargo is not responsible for the condition of any street inlet protection devices and perimeter controls left in place during the winter. 

Any questions or comments can be directed to Chad Zander at (701) 515-5400. 

Spring Stormwater Reminders

The City of West Fargo would like to remind contractors and homebuilders that, as the ground thaws, all stormwater best management practices must be in place and maintained. Please ensure that your construction sites all have erosion control devices installed and are capable to handling stormwater runoff.

Spring is a great time clean up any garbage that has been left over the winter. The most common violation in the springtime is tracking sediment into city streets. If the ground is soft and muddy the best option is to stay off until it has time to dry. Using your construction entrance will also help ensure sediment doesn’t get tracked into the street. 

The City of West Fargo has a “mud ordinance” in which any sediment that is tracked into the street, causing a safety issue, can be ticketed. Large mud chucks must be removed immediately and smaller sediment must be cleaned up by the end of the day.

Also please ensure that your contractors and subcontractors are aware of West Fargo’s parking restrictions and spring load restrictions.

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