Stormwater Management

  1. Stormwater Overview
  2. Illicit Discharge
  3. Resources

Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management

The City of Grand Ledge is a member of the Greater Lansing Regional Committee for Stormwater Management (GLRC), a guiding body comprised of Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) communities within the Greater Lansing Region. The committee has been established to guide the implementation of the stormwater program for participating communities within the Grand River, the Red Cedar River, and the Looking Glass River watersheds. Visit to learn about upcoming events, find steps you can take to limit water pollution, and to get involved in managing our shared water resources!

Stormwater Runoff

Diagram showing how stormwater runoff ends up in streams, creeks, rivers, and lakes (JPG) Opens in new windowStormwater runoff is created when rain falls on pavement, buildings, and other impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground. In developed areas like Grand Ledge, we limit flooding by moving this runoff from our roads and neighborhoods through storm drains that discharge directly into rivers and streams. Since stormwater does not get processed at a treatment plant, any contaminant on the ground can "hitch a ride" with runoff and impact our shared surface waters. Pet waste, oil, leaves, and dirty water from cleaning your car can enter storm drains and flow downstream where it harms aquatic habitats and makes water unsafe for swimming, canoeing, and other water-related fun. The City takes steps to reduce this pollution to protect our water resources and meet State and Federal requirements.

Stormwater Management Plan

Every five years, the City must submit an application to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) to obtain a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit, or authorization to discharge municipal stormwater into the "waters of the state." A large part of that application consists of a description as to how the City will commit to and proceed with the development, implementation, and enforcement of practices to reduce the discharge of pollutants from its municipal separate storm sewer system to the maximum extent practicable and protect water quality. This documentation was formally designated as the City of Grand Ledge Stormwater Management Program.

If you would like to submit feedback regarding the Stormwater Management Plan, please contact Dave Gutchess by phone at 517-627-5744 or email Dave Gutchess.