Surface Water Management Fees

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What is the Surface Water Management Fee...

  • The surface water management fee was adopted by the City of Forest Lake in 2009 in response to the increased expenses stemming from the surface water management program, which was implemented as a result of the Clean Water Act of 1972 and the Water Quality Act of 1987
  • All tax parcels in the City of Forest Lake are assessed the fee
  • Currently, the fee is $40.00 per REF

What is the Fee Used For...



The surface water Management fee is used to pay for:

  • Culvert Installation
  • Culvert Repairs
  • Water Division Projects
  • Surface Water Mapping Projects
  • Field Inspections
  • Pond Cleaning
  • Water Testing
  • Other activities related to surface water management

2018 Surface Water Management Fee Expenditures Included...

  • Assessments of 100+ ponds - $100,000
  • Rehabilitation of failing infrastructure in 2018 road project - $150,000
  • Contract Street Sweeping - $80,000
  • Enhanced Street Sweeping Project - $25,000 grant match
  • Stormwater Reuse Project - $25,000 grant match
  • Televising of storm sewer pipe and structures - $7500
  • Replacement of 9 failed rural culverts - $15,000
  • Timberwolf Townhome pond cleaning - $5,000
  • Replacement of North Shore Trail Culvert - $10,000






How does Forest Lake's Surface Water Management Fee Compare with other City's?

*Chart below if from 2018, fees may have been adjusted since this chart was originally published.



surface water management fee 2018

Have additional questions regarding the surface water management fee?  Give us a call at 651-464-3550.