Stormwater Management


The Engineering Department is responsible for the administration of Stormwater Management Reports Plans. It oversees watershed master planning as well as the design and construction of stormwater inlets, pipes, channels (ditches), ponds, and outfalls for development or redevelopment.

Engineering also assists the City's Public Works Stormwater Department with investigating drainage and runoff issues.

For more information, contact the Engineering Department at (701) 355-1505.


The goals of the Stormwater Management programs are to:

  • Protect the quality of the bodies of water that receive stormwater runoff from the City of Bismarck. This is accomplished by minimizing the sediments and pollutants flowing into the city storm sewer system which are then discharged into waterways and wetlands, then into Hay Creek, Apple Creek, or the Missouri River.
  • Minimize wind erosion.
  • Contain the quantity of water in various facilities like curbs, channels, ditches, ponds, and pipes to keep roadways operable and properties safe (flood control).                                                                                                                                                            stormwater pond

Stormwater ponds help to minimize the impact of stormwater runoff to help protect against downstream flooding. They also improve water quality and provide wildlife habitat.