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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Stormwater Management
no. 17

Minimize the volume of and pollutants in rainwater runoff by maximizing green infrastructure.
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Complete a stormwater management assessment and be recognized for implementing the actions therein.

 
  • Friends of the Mississippi River's Blue Star Award Program is a stormwater self-assessment not available for use at present, but cities can sign-up on the Blue Star page so as to be alerted to a rework of the assessment being conducted during the first half of 2019 by the MPCA for GreenStep.
  • Though developed in Wisconsin and covering somewhat different topics than Blue Star, cities can use the green infrastructure audit tool Tackling Barriers to Green Infrastructure: An Audit of Local Codes and Ordinances (University of Wisconsin: 2016). Go to the user-friendly tool to rate your city with A through F grades on 141 questions. Then convert grades to numbers (A+=6; A=5; A-=4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0), sum numbers and divide by 141 to arrive at number between 0 and 6 and thus an average grade.
Complete the WI green infrastructure audit tool; previously registered for the Blue Star Award program.
Average a C grade on the audit tool; previously recognized with a Blue Star Award.
Average a B grade or above on the audit tool; previously recognized on the Leader Board of the Blue Star Award program.

Burnsville

Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
As of May 8th, 2012, the City of Burnsville was recognized the City Council as a Blue Star City, tied for 4th place on the Leader Board.

Descriptive links: http://www.bluestarmn.org/

For more information contact:
Sue Bast (City staff)   |   basts@ci.burnsville.mn.us   |   952-895-4524

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Fridley

Date action report first entered:   11/27/2017
Date of last report update:   11/27/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Fridley received the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater Management.

Descriptive links: https://fmr.org/news/2016/03/09/city-fridley-earns-blue-star-award

For more information contact:
Rachel Workin (City staff)   |   rachel.workin@fridleymn.gov   |   763-572-3594

Partners:
Friends of the Mississippi River

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Grand Rapids

Date action report first entered:   06/21/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Grand Rapids has been recognized on the Leader Board of the Blue Star Award program.

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For more information contact:
Julie Kennedy (City staff)   |   jakennedy@grpuc.org   |   218-326-7024

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Hopkins

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2011

Implementation details:
All the water from rain and snow that fall in Hopkins and is not absorbed or evaporated runs into the City's storm sewer system. In 2010, Hopkins became one of only four cities in Minnesota to be awarded a Blue Star Award, given to communities that are taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota's water resources and public health through excellence in stormwater management. The City of Hopkins scored a 123/160 in the following categories: planning and preservation, stormwater standards and practices, and stormwater pollution prevention. The City has adapted the Water Resource Management Plan to help meet regulatory requirements, and to plan for future alterations in the existing drainage system due to redevelopment activities.

Descriptive links: http://www.hopkinsmn.com/services/water/index.php; http://www.bluestarmn.org/leaderboard; http://www.bluestarmn.org/dashboard

For more information contact:
Ismail Eddihi (City staff)   |   Ieddihi@hopkinsmn.com   |   952-548-6373

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Lake Elmo

Date action report first entered:   06/20/2012

Implementation details:
On June 29th, 2011, Lake Elmo became the most recent community to win the Blue Star Award. Lake Elmo earns special recognition as the only community in Minnesota to score in the top 5 in each of the three Blue Star Assessment categories. These results place Lake Elmo as the third highest scoring community in Minnesota.

Descriptive links: http://www.lakeelmo.org/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={083756F3-60FB-4481-B4A3-CD03F5D9E533}

For more information contact:
Jake Foster (City staff)   |   jfoster@lakeelmo.org   |   651-747-3908

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Maplewood

Date action report first entered:   08/29/2012
Date of last report update:   04/24/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Maplewood recently registered in the Minnesota Blue Star Awards program for Stormwater Management. The city received a score of 139 of 193 possible points. In the specific sections of stormwater management; planning and preservation, stormwater standards and practices, and stormwater pollution prevention, the city is listed as one of the top performers. Included is a link to the leaderboard page of the Blue Star award. http://www.bluestarmn.org/leaderboard

For more information contact:
Shann Finwall (City staff)   |   shann.finwall@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2304

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Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   12/23/2014
Date of last report update:   12/23/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Saint Paul received the Blue Star Award in 2010. We were on the leadership board at the time.

For more information contact:
Kurt Schultz (City staff)   |   kurt.schultz@ci.stpaul.mn.us   |   651-266-6590

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Cottage Grove

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2014

Implementation details:
Cottage Grove was awarded as a Blue Star City in March 2011 for the City’s efforts to mitigate runoff through a combination of natural resource preservation, storm water management standards, pollution source controls and other activities that exceeded state requirements.

For more information contact:
Ryan Burfeind (City staff)   |   rburfeind@cottage-grove.org   |   651-458-2899

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Eden Prairie

Date action report first entered:   12/12/2012

Implementation details:
Recognized with a Blue Star Award in 2012.

Descriptive links: www.bluestarmn.org

For more information contact:
Tania Mahtani (City staff)   |   tmahtani@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8413

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Edina

Date action report first entered:   10/10/2011

Implementation details:
The Blue Star City Stormwater Management Assessment has been completed and at least the minimum threshold obtained. City Council received the Blue Star certificate at the 10-4-11 City Council meeting.

For more information contact:
Tara Brown (City staff)   |   tbrown@edinamn.gov   |   952-826-1621

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Elk River

Date action report first entered:   01/08/2018
Date of last report update:   12/21/2018
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Elk River was presented the Blue Star City award in July 2016 and continues to participate in the program.

Descriptive links: https://www.elkrivermn.gov/1185/Stormwater

For more information contact:
Amanda Bednar (City staff)   |   ABednar@ElkRiverMN.gov   |   763-635-1068

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Victoria

Date action report first entered:   12/06/2013
Date of last report update:   04/30/2015

Implementation details:
Blue Star Award Program

Descriptive links: http://bluestarmn.org/participating_communities

For more information contact:
Paul Moretto (City staff)   |   pmoretto@ci.victoria.mn.us   |   952-443-4210

Partners:
Blue Star Award Program

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Woodbury

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
In November 2010, The City of Woodbury received the Blue Star City Award, one of the first eight cities to receive the award. The program honors communities that “are taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota’s water resources and public health through excellence in storm water management.” The city scored a 119/187 in the following categories: Planning and Preservation, Stormwater Standards and Practices and Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

For more information contact:
Sharon Doucette (City staff)   |   sdoucette@ci.woodbury.mn.us   |   651-714-3538

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Brainerd

Date action report first entered:   01/24/2017
Date of last report update:   01/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
We have registered for the Blue Star City program and are in the process of completing the assessment.

For more information contact:
Mark Ostgarden (City staff)   |   mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2310

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Duluth

Date action report first entered:   12/08/2016
Date of last report update:   12/20/2016
Year action initially completed:   2016
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
12/08/16- Registered Duluth for the Blue Star award program, in the process of completing the self-assessment 12/20/16- Assessment mostly completed, but we are only at 54% (need to get 60%). We're continuing to work on it. Login: estrom@duluthmn.gov Password: 123456

For more information contact:
Chris Kleist (City staff)   |   ckleist@DuluthMN.gov   |   218-730-4063

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Lake Crystal

Date action report first entered:   10/18/2013

Implementation details:
Lake Crystal has registered for the Blue Star Award program and had completed its assessment as of January 1, 2014. Lake Crystal is now in the process of improving our practices to be awarded the Blue Star.

For more information contact:
Taylor Gronau (City staff)   |   lccity@hickorytech.net   |   507-726-2538

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Mankato

Date action report first entered:   05/03/2013

Implementation details:
City of Mankato has registered for the Blue Star Award Program recognizing stormwater management programs/policies. Submittal handled by Rick Baird, City of Mankato Water Quality Specialist.

For more information contact:
Molly Westman (City staff)   |   mwestman@mankatomn.gov   |   507-387-8571

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Shoreview

Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
Registered for the Blue Star Award program May 2013.

For more information contact:
Ellen Brenna (City staff)   |   ebrenna@shoreviewmn.gov   |   651-490-4665

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Warren

Date action report first entered:   02/07/2018
Date of last report update:   02/07/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City of Warren is registered for the Blue Star Award program and is doing the assessments to identify where its at.

For more information contact:
Shannon Mortenson (City staff)   |   shannonm@warrenminnesota.com   |   218-745-5343

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pending means a star rating has not yet been assigned to this city


 
greenstep advisor
Roberta Getman, Municipal Stormwater Specialist, MN Pollution Control Agency: 507/206-2629, roberta.getman@state.mn.us, https://www.pca.state.mn.us/water/enhancing-stormwater-management-minnesota