Street Sweeping Workshop

Street Sweeping Workshop
9/27/22, 8:00 am - 9/27/22, 1:00 pm


Seats for this in-person event are limited. Please register in advance to attend.


You are invited to kick-off the new Clean Sweep Program at this Street Sweeping Workshop, which aims to provide you with the tools, training, and resources needed to develop or enhance a street sweeping program for improved water quality.

Join the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (times are subject to slight changes) at the Forest Lake City Center in Forest Lake, Minnesota.

The Street Sweeping Workshop will include:

  • Overview of direct and indirect benefits of enhanced street sweeping from the experts and researchers that were instrumental in developing the MPCA's new phosphorus crediting calculator tool.
  • Decision tree and guidance for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s) considering a street sweeping program for improved water quality.
  • New reference table for estimating total solids and phosphorus from potential street sweeping efforts.
  • Tools to help prioritize street sweeping routes to maximize benefit.
  • Information on pros and cons of different street sweepers.
  • Guidance from MPCA on when and how to test street sweeping materials.
  • Panel discussion on cost-effective options for reusing and disposing of street sweeping materials.

This no-cost workshop will also include an overview of the League of Minnesota Cities' award-winning enhanced street sweeping program by the City of Forest Lake in partnership with Comfort Lake, Forest Lake, and Rice Creek Watershed Districts.

Minnesota Sea Grant & Water Resources Center Stormwater Extension Educator Maggie Karschnia and Minnesota Sea Grant Water Resource Management and Policy Extension Educator John Bilotta will facilitate and moderate this workshop. They will also provide a brief overview of this new Clean Sweep Program.


Maggie Karschnia, Minnesota Sea Grant & Water Resources Center Stormwater Extension Educator,

Image credit: M. Thoms.