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Storm Water Management

The goal of the City of Franklin’s storm water management program is to help regulate storm water discharges and reduce unwanted pollutants from entering our lakes and streams.  Storm water runoff is generated from rain and snowmelt events that flow over land or impervious surfaces, such as paved streets, parking lots, and building rooftops, and does not soak into the ground.  The runoff picks up pollutants like trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment that can harm our rivers, streams, and lakes.  To protect these resources, communities, construction companies, industries, and others, use storm water controls, known as best management practices (BMPs). These BMPs filter out pollutants and/or prevent pollution by controlling it at its source.

In the State of Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) administers the Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (WPDES) program in accordance with EPA regulations. The City of Franklin is a mandatory participant in the
WPDES program.  The purpose of the storm water permit is to encourage communities and residents to take an active role in preventing pollution from storm water runoff.

It's a Green Summer in Franklin: Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s (MMSD) Fresh Coast Team is working in Franklin this summer!  Their team will install rain barrels and plant rain gardens for Franklin residents for FREE - see complete details on how to sign up to reserve your spot on the Green Summer list!

1.  Storm Water Regulations and Reporting

a.  City of Franklin UDO 15-8.0600 Storm Water Management
b.  Wisconsin Legislature NR 151
c.  Wisconsin Legislature NR 216
d.  Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) Chapter 13
e.  2021 MMSD Annual Report
f.  WPDES Permit (MS4) for City of Franklin (Root River)
g.  2022 MS4 Compliance Report
h.  Wisconsin Legislature 283 - Pollution Discharge Elimination

2.  Erosion and Sediment Control

a.  City of Franklin UDO 15-8.0300 Construction Site Erosion
b.  Fill/Soils Disturbing Permit
c.  WDNR - Erosion Control
d.  WDNR - Technical Standards
e.  WDNR - Construction Site Inspection Report

3.  Education and Resources

a.  City BMP's and Green Infrastructure (GI)
b.  BMP Inspection Templates
c.  MMSD Green Infrastructure
d. MMSD Green Infrastructure O&M Guide
e.  EPA Green Infrastructure Operation and Maintenance
f.  Fresh Coast Guardians
g.  Wisconsin Salt Wise
h.  Root-Pike WIN (Watershed Initiative Network)
i.  Southeastern Wisconsin Watershed Trust, Inc.
j.  WDNR - Native Plants
k.  Residential Yard Care Tips (City of Madison)
l.  Storm Water Management Wet Ponds

i.  EPA Storm Water Wet Pond Management
ii.  WDNR Whose Pond is it Anyway?
iii.  WDNR 1001 - Wet Ponds
iv.  Storm Water Pond Guidance (Waukesha County)
v.  Wisconsin Legislature NR 528 - Management of Accumulated Sediment
vi.  WDNR - Managing Accumulated Sediment from Storm Water Ponds

m.  Storm Water Management Bioretention Basins

i.  WDNR 1003 - Infiltration Basin
ii.  WDNR 1004 - Bioretention for Infiltration
iii.  Bioretention Basin Guidance (Waukesha County)

n.  Storm Water Management Permeable Pavers and Pavement

i.  WDNR 1008 - Permeable Pavers and Pavement
ii.  Permeable Pavement Design (Waukesha County)
iii.  Follow Manufacturers Recommended Operations & Maintenance

Engineering Department

9229 W. Loomis Road
Franklin, WI  53132

Phone:  414-425-7510
Fax:  414-425-3106

Hours:  M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Glen Morrow, P.E., City Engineer

Tyler Beinlich, P.E.,
Assistant City Engineer


Related Links

Board of Public Works
Board of Water Commissioners
Plan Commission