Illicit Discharge


The City of Chanhassen is committed to eliminating illicit discharge into its storm sewer system in order to protect Chanhassen’s wonderful lakes, streams, and wetlands. 

Public waters are sources of drinking water and provide recreational opportunities such as swimming, boating and fishing, which can all be negatively affected by the pollutants stormwater carries.

Illicit discharge is any discharge to the storm sewer system that is harmful to the health or welfare of people, the environment, wildlife or surface waters. Illicit discharges into the City’s storm water system are prohibited – see Chapter 19, Article V of the City Code.

  1. Joe Seidl

    Water Resources Engineer
    Phone: (952) 227-1168

  2. Ryan Pinkalla

    Water Resources Technician
    Phone: (952) 227-1173

Illicit discharges include items such as:

  • Sediment washing from construction sites
  • Yard waste intentionally dumped into a storm drain
  • Oil, grease or paint that is dumped or flows into a storm drain
  • Sewage from broken sewer lines or overflow from private septic systems
  • Pesticides, herbicides, wash water from cleaning up paint and household cleaners

Illicit discharges could be intermittent — only occurring a few minutes per day or a few days per year,
continuous — occurring almost daily, or transitory — only occurring once.

What Should I Do if I Suspect an Illicit Discharge is Present?

If you notice illegal or suspicious dumping into a storm sewer inlet or curb ditch, or if you notice any discharge that appears unnatural, you should report the problem in one of the following ways:

  • Call the City’s Engineering Division at 952-227-1160
  • Call 911 if you suspect the issue requires immediate attention

If you are the responsible party for a spill, contact the State Duty Officer at 651-649-5451.

The City has identified high priority sites that have the potential for illicit discharge. Those sites can be seen on this map

For more information, contact the City Water Resources Engineer, Joe Seidl, at or
at 952-227-1168.