Best Practice Actions [See action tools, guidance, city reports]
Successful implementation of a lake or river management plan will achieve, at a minimum:
Optional for category A, B and C cities
All Category A, B and C cities that have at least one public water body within their boundaries subject to Minnesota shoreland rules and that choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of action 4 and at least one additional action.
All Category A, B and C cities that have no public water body within their boundaries subject to Minnesota shoreland rules and that choose to implement this best practice are recognized upon completion of at least one action.
A city, working with another unit of government such as a watershed district, can take direct actions to improve the water quality of lakes, streams and wetlands within its boundaries. Implementing an existing TMDL implementation plan is one example. In addition, a number of other action options are found in other GreenStep best practices, for example, in the Stormwater Management best practice. And a number of actions to improve water quality are required through Minnesota's regulatory agencies.
In some cities and for some water bodies, however, the actions of shoreland owners and nearby farmers will be the most effective means toward water quality improvement, which bolsters property values and property tax receipts for the city. This best practice focuses on building community capacity for public involvement in watershed projects, where the city supports actions taken by local lake or river associations, farmers, city residents and other businesses.
connection to state Policy