Did you know that in Saginaw County, we are part of a fresh water system that accounts for 20% of the worlds fresh water?

Some of our daily activities can adversely affect this fresh water resource that millions use for drinking water, providing food, and recreational activities. We have a responsibility to protect this valuable resource. Prior to the Clean Water Act of 1972 (CWA) there was no national system to evaluate the quality of storm water being discharged into our streams, rivers, and lakes. The CWA prohibits the discharge of any pollutant into waters of the United States from a point source unless a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit authorizes the discharge. On March 10, 2003 Phase II of the NPDES permitting system and its accompanying rules and regulations related to municipalities, construction and industrial sites discharging storm water came into effect. The affected municipalities in the Saginaw Urbanized Area formed the Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority in an effort to meet the state and federal storm water regulations. It is the vision of this Authority to address water quality issues related to storm water, and educate the general public on:

  • Water quality issues related to storm water runoff in urbanized areas.
  • How to improve storm water quality so we discharge only clean water to our rivers, lakes, streams, and drains.
  • How to improve the water quality in the Saginaw Watershed area to enhance recreational opportunities for the general public.
  • How to become stewards of our great watershed.


The Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority (SASWA) would like to extend an invitation to the general public of Saginaw County to attend a watershed management planning meeting. These meetings will provide the general public with the opportunity to identify desired uses of our region’s water resources. The SASWA has developed Watershed Management Plans for the Lower Tittabawassee, Upper Saginaw and Swan Creek Watersheds to assure the storm water in our region stays as clean and pure as possible before discharging from municipal separated storm sewer systems (MS4) to our rivers and drains. We are taking public comment on these plans to determine if they need revisions. The existing Watershed Management Plans for these watersheds can be viewed at www.saswa.org and click on Watershed Plans. We hope you have time to attend a meeting on January 26, 2012 at the Thomas Township Public Safety Building at 8215 Shields Drive at either the 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. meeting or the 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. meeting and learn about watersheds and how to keep our storm water clean and protect our area’s rivers and streams. For more information contact Russ Beaubien, P.E., CFM at 989-921-5571 or russb@spicergroup.com.

Saginaw Area Storm Water Authority Links

• SASWA Questions and Comments
• Current Activities 
• SASWA History
• Bylaws & Articles
• Clean Water Act
• Agendas/Minutes
• Public Education
• Public Participation Plan
• Illicit Discharge Elimination Plan
• Drain District
• Watershed Maps
• Watershed Plans