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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.
  Best Practice Action 5      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Adopt and implement guidelines or design standards/incentives for at least one of the following stormwater infiltration/reuse practices:

a.  Rain gardens/infiltration practices.
b.  Rainwater harvesting practices.
c.  Green alleys or green parking lots.
d.  Pervious/permeable pavement or pavers.
e.  Green roofs / green walls.
f.  Tree trenches / tree boxes.
g.  Incorporate compost and/or native plants into landscape design.
  • Clean Water Partnership loan funds at 0% interest are available on an ongoing basis from the MPCA for city installation of, or reloaning to others for, green infrastructure and other types of projects that are called for in TMDLs, WRAPS, and/or local water plans. See also this funding programs page in the Minnesota Stormwater Manual. Note that you can search the Manual by topic (e.g., permeable pavement) to read the latest MN-specific information on topics such as best management practices, design, construction, maintenance and pollutant removal. Note that the MnDOT compost specification 3890 (p. 715) is recommended as a soil amendment for landscape planting and turf establishment purposes. One design practice Eagan requires is that sites adding 10,000 sq. ft. or more of disturbed/graded/compacted soils must assure 5% organic matter remains, typically by adding compost so the soils allow water infiltration.
  • See U.S. EPA green infrastructure resources, the Green Infrastructure Toolkit (Georgetown Climate Center: 2016), and NOAA Atlas 14, Volume 8, which provides precipitation frequency estimates for Minnesota. These estimates (analyses of the historical frequency of heavy rainfall events) are the most up-to-date and must be used by engineers and others involved in designing and operating grey and green stormwater infrastructure.
  • Low Impact Development (LID) Barrier Busters fact sheets from the US EPA are intended for local decision makers who are considering adoption of LID techniques but who have concerns. LID includes a variety of practices that mimic or preserve natural drainage processes to manage stormwater. LID practices typically retain rain water and encourage it to soak into the ground rather than allowing it to run off into ditches and storm drains where it would otherwise contribute to flooding and pollution problems.
  • See, for example, Inver Grove Height's national award-winning low-impact development of Agenta Hills. It aims for zero stormwater discharge and cuts capital and operations/maintenance costs 70% over 30 years compared to a conventional 'pump and pipe' stormwater system. Note also that Maplewood has budgeted rain gardens as part of all street reconstruction work since 1996.
  • See archived resources from the Minnesota Green Roofs Council and current resources from the national organization Green Roofs for Healthy Cities.
  • See guidance for stormwater re-use and rainwater harvesting in the MN Stormwater Manual. See work done by Water in Motion to redesign existing stormwater ponds at 2 golf courses in Woodbury so that the irrigation systems could reuse runoff water from the adjacent road to water the golf course greens instead of pumping groundwater from the aquifer below. See also reuse projects and data from the City of Hugo.
  • In 2008 a 10,000 gallon cistern was installed at the Minneapolis City Hall as part of a greenroof system. Determine the feasibility of stormwater reuse with a spreadsheet calculator (EOR, Inc., Mississippi Watershed Management Organization, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District: 2013) that quantifies the runoff volume and phosphorus reduction benefits of stormwater reuse for irrigation.
  • See examples of pervious (porous) concrete, asphalt and porous pavers in the well-illustrated Chicago Green Alley Handbook (2010) and alley typologies and commercial design interventions in Green Alleys in South Park: Visioning Report (Los Angeles Sustainability Collaborative: 2014). See also related heat-island resources (GreenStep action 29.6).
  • See Design Guidelines for 'Greening' Surface Parking Lots (City of Toronto: 2013) and the Green Parking Lot Resource Guide (U.S. EPA: 2008). Guidelines include performance standards, such as 50% tree coverage of a lot at 15 years.
  • Light-colored, high-albedo materials and/or an open-grid pavement with a minimum Solar Reflective Index of 0.6 over at least 30% of a site's hardscapped area are recommended. See Reducing Urban Heat Islands: Compendium of Strategies (U.S. EPA: 2008).
Install, require and/or provide guidelines for raingardens, rain barrels, parking lots (salt use reduction/alternatives, French drains, etc.) or pervious pavement at sites where the practice was not implemented to satisfy a requirement in an NPDES/SDS MS4 and/or Construction Stormwater permit or Industrial Stormwater permit; report that all city staff are developing guidelines that use the updated precipitation data in Atlas 14 or better, future predicted precipitation; note required use of compost as a soil amendment.
Install, require, incentivize and/or provide guidelines for green roofs, cisterns, neighborhood water storage, rainwater harvesting to supplant irrigation with drinking water, and other stormwater reuse. Report storage and reuse of stormwater for golf course/parkland irrigation under best practice action 18.5c.
Have an ongoing retrofit program to reduce pollutant loads and stormwater volume from existing neighborhoods that requires one or more of the stormwater practices in this action; aim for zero stormwater discharge in a development project.

Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   04/25/2017
Date of last report update:   04/25/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Design guidelines for residents wishing to install a rain garden are available on the City website. The Stormwater Management Ordinance (Section 4.31 of City Code) requires permits for any development activities that will disturb or remove soils and/or vegetation. Projects must meet the standards set by the City and, depending on location, the standards of the Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC) or the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. Requirements are included for the construction of native buffers and stormwater management facilities. Stormwater control techniques including infiltration, evapotranspiration, reuse/harvesting, conservation design, urban forestry and green roofs are given preference as design options for those seeking a permit. The lawn maintenance ordinance (Section 10.51) allows residents to fill out a native vegetation permit so they may plant large areas of native vegetation as an alternative to traditional landscaping. Guidelines for reduced salt use during icy months are on the City website and have been printed in winter editions of the newsletter in the past. The Planned Unit Development ordinance includes “Green Roofs” and “Enhanced Stormwater Management” as two out of 20 public amenities that may be included in applications in order to gain approval. Rain gardens have been planted outside City Hall and buffers have been planted around ponds in Brookview golf course. In 2017, the City and the BCWMC enhanced the treatment of stormwater flowing through Honeywell Pond prior to its discharge into Bassett Creek and installed a stormwater harvesting system that will help irrigate the Sandburg Athletic Complex. Other advanced stormwater management techniques are implemented in smaller street projects as opportunities arise. City staff uses Atlas 14 precipitation data in the design of public projects and the review of private developments.

Outcome measures/metrics:
As of 2016, there are 5 rain gardens owned by the City, 1 owned by Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board (MPRB), 2 owned by Robbinsdale School District and 36 privately owned rain gardens in Golden Valley. As of 2016, 4 sites in Golden Valley use pervious/permeable pavers (2 private, 2 MPRB). There is 1 green roof in Golden Valley owned by Breck School.

Descriptive links: http://www.goldenvalleymn.gov/homeyard/yards/native.php

For more information contact:
Jeff Oliver (City staff)   |   joliver@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   (763)-593-8034

Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

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Inver Grove Heights

Date action report first entered:   05/24/2016
Date of last report update:   07/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   2015

Implementation details:
The City of Inver Grove Heights has implemented approximately 60 rain gardens, neighborhood water storage, and rain harvesting for irrigation uses. Implementation of rain barrels, previous pavement, green roods, cisterns, and stormwater reuse are allowed within the city. Since 2015, the City code requires Atlas 14 precipitation and storm distribution data to be utilized during hydrologic analysis. In all Northwest Area developments, an ongoing retrofit program exists that aims for zero stormwater discharge. The City won the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) National Grand Award for accomplishing the City's zero runoff development goal in the Northwest Area (2015).

For more information contact:
Ally Hillstrom (City staff)   |   ahillstrom@invergroveheights.org   |   651-604-8511

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Date action report first entered:   03/28/2011
Date of last report update:   04/24/2015

Implementation details:
In 1996, Maplewood installed its first rain garden to help manage stormwater. Maplewoods rain garden program includes: rain garden in Maplewoods street reconstruction programs; installing a rain garden of your own; rain gardens for developments and businesses. Although the City does not require rain gardens, the City has implemented guidelines and design standards for resident and commercial development usage of rain garden designs. These rain gardens are also created when there is new construction or renovation of streets within Maplewood. The living Streets program in the city will create rain gardens as well as creating areas of infiltration near sidewalks. Permeable pavement is also used in areas such as the Maplewood Public Works parking lot, as well is in the Geranium Park parking lot. Permeable pavers were placed in the parking lot of the Maplewood Nature Center. Link to Stormwater Management Plan: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/1512

Outcome measures/metrics:
Today the city has over 620 home rain gardens and over 60 rain gardens on city land. Three city parking lots utilize permeable pavement or pavers.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=1014

For more information contact:
Steve Love (City staff)   |   steve.love@maplewoodmn.gov   |   651-249-2404

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Mounds View

Date action report first entered:   04/28/2017
Date of last report update:   04/28/2017
Year action initially completed:   2009
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Beginning in 2008 the City of Mounds View undertook a comprehensive Street and Utility Improvement Program (Program) that reconstructed approximately 26 miles (roughly 68%) of existing city streets. As part of this program the city installed numerous infiltration basins (rain gardens) throughout the Program area. The basins allowed for infiltration as well as reduced the amount of stormwater entering the underground system. The city and Rice Creek Watershed District inspect these basins on a regular basis. The city is in the process of developing a citizen education program to assist residents with maintenance and upkeep of these features.

For more information contact:
Nick Henly (City staff)   |   Nick.Henly@moundsviewmn.org   |   763-717-4020

Rice Creek Watershed District

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Date action report first entered:   11/24/2017
Date of last report update:   01/31/2018
Year action initially completed:   2007
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
This Surface Water Management Plan for the City of Bloomington has been developed to meet local watershed management planning requirements of the Metropolitan Surface Water Management Act (Chapter 103B) and Board of Water and Soil Resources Rules 8410. It has also been developed to be in conformance with the requirements of local Watershed Management Organizations and Districts, Metropolitan Council requirements, Hennepin County goals and applicable State and Federal laws. This document and its referenced literature are intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of pertinent water resource related information that affects the City and management of those resources. The City has implemented guidelines for all of the listed practices.

Descriptive links: https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/eng/surface-water-management-plan

For more information contact:
Steve Gurney (City staff)   |   sgurney@BloomingtonMN.gov   |   952-563-4606

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Date action report first entered:   12/01/2016
Date of last report update:   12/01/2016
Year action initially completed:   2010
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
Under the Duluth UDC section 50-41, the definition for "Erosion and sedimentation practice specifications, or practice" makes explicit reference to the MPCA Protecting Water Quality in Urban Areas handbook, which serves as a guideline for design standards for stormwater management. It includes guidelines for many different types of rain gardens and other infiltration methods, as well as grid pavers and green walls, among others. Stormwater management that follows some set of best management practices (the MPCA handbook is highly recommended but not required) is necessary in order to obtain a building permit.

For more information contact:
Todd Carlson (City staff)   |   tcarlson@duluthmn.gov   |   218-730-4051

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Elk River

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

Implementation details:
Based on the existence of sandy and gravel soils in Elk River, the city requires infiltration practices when deemed appropriate. These design standards are evaluated case by case given the area and project. The City's Stormwater Coordinator reviews such projects.

Descriptive links: http://www.elkrivermn.gov/1185/Stormwater-Program

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

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Date action report first entered:   04/14/2015
Date of last report update:   04/30/2015

Implementation details:

Outcome measures/metrics:
The outcome of the whole construction process is a more efficient, safer treatment plant. The subset outcome of the stormwater basin is to eliminate unnecessary overflow, reduce system failure, and keep the facility running smoothly. Hopes are to increase water recycling.

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For more information contact:
Sam Lautigar (City staff)   |   samlautigar@gilbertmn.org   |   218-748-2214


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Grand Marais

Date action report first entered:   11/04/2015
Date of last report update:   11/04/2015

Implementation details:
Narrowing of streets/Road diet - Downtown streets were done in 2004. 1st, 2nd, 3rd Ave were done in 2008. North House paving of the common area is with water permeable pavers with a grid beneath to channel water to retention and infiltration areas, rather than directly into the Lake. The North House Harbor-Side Commons Revitalization Project received a grant from the Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program in 2011 to revitalize an important Grand Marais waterfront property and outdoor community resource located on City of Grand Marais property. These improvements: 1) Improved harbor water quality by removing blacktop located adjacent to the harbor 2) Protected water quality by relocating public parking away from the harbor 3) Enhanced the property's public accessibility and aesthetic character, and, 4) Modeled environmental building strategies by utilizing pervious paving systems as well as stormwater treatment techniques. In a related project, several entities collaborated to build a covered bridge for over a landscaped drainage/ infiltration basin. The bridge was built by high school students as a collaborative effort between Northshore Folk school and the public school. The drainage area slows the infiltrates the flow, retains sediments, from street stormwater runoff. The drainage used to flow largely unimpeded into the lake shore. The swale is vegetated with deep-rooted native plants that provide both storm water mitigation and a visual amenity. The covered bridge connects the walking trail in the campground to the plaza in the Folk School, and then to the public bike/ped trail leading into the downtown and harbor area.

For more information contact:
Shane Steele (Contractor)   |   shane.w.steele@gmail.com   |   507-884-5790

Northshore Folk school, City public schools

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2015
Date of last report update:   12/03/2018
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Rain gardens were installed at the city's golf course on Bass Lake Rd at 8130 Bass Lake Rd and on 49th Ave N near Little Acre Park. The 2015 infrastructure project includes a rain garden at Holiday Park at 47th Ave N & Flag Ave N and the option for residents to install rain gardens when the street is reconstructed. The city constructed a 160,000-gallon underground water storage tank at Northwood Lake in 2016 that collects rainwater and is used to irrigate the nearby ball fields. Recent redevelopment projects with stormwater retention ponds include CVS on Bass Lake Rd, Compass Pointe apartments at 62nd Ave & West Broadway, and the Parkview housing development at 55th Ave N & Winnetka Ave N. The parking lots planned for the new police station/city hall and Civic Center park include a proposed two-foot rock trench, which would serve as grade for the lots. Stormwater would be treated with a draintile system, filtering it before traveling to the pond northeast of the site. Improvements along Xylon Avenue in 2015 included the use permeable pavers.

Descriptive links: https://www.ci.new-hope.mn.us/city_hall/sustainability/minnesota_greenstep_cities

For more information contact:
Jeff Alger (City staff)   |   jalger@ci.new-hope.mn.us   |   763-531-5119

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Pine City

Date action report first entered:   05/26/2016
Date of last report update:   05/26/2016

Implementation details:
During the planning of a 2 phase street reconstruction project in the Woodpecker Ridge neighborhood, the city decided to pursue a rain garden design for stormwater management vs. traditional curb and gutter stormwater management. Residents were involved in the project planning and implementation process. Volunteers were recruited to help plant the gardens over two days. The rain garden design ended up to cost less than the traditional curb and gutter design. The purpose of the rain gardens installation was to reduce runoff into the nearby Snake River and Cross Lake and improve water quality. The engineering firm that consulted on the project found that sediment run-off decreased as a result of the gardens. This rain garden project is the largest of its kind in greater MN.

For more information contact:
Andrew Mack, AICP (City staff)   |   Amack@pinecitygov.com   |   320-629-2575

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Saint Cloud

Date action report first entered:   05/11/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud has design standards for rain gardens, green roofs, and green parking lots in the Development Code, Appendix F, Permanent Storm Water Design Checklist. These design guidelines were developed in accordance with MPCA's, Minnesota Stormwater Manual.

Descriptive links: http://mn-stcloud.civicplus.com/1011/Land-Development-Code

For more information contact:
Liz Kramer (City staff)   |   elizabeth.kramer@ci.stcloud.mn.us   |   320-255-7226

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Date action report first entered:   01/18/2018
Date of last report update:   01/18/2018
Year action initially completed:   2007
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The City's Development Code requires adequate provision for managing the quantity and quality of storm water runoff. Subdivisions shall meet the adopted water management rules, standards and plan requirements of local watershed districts for volume control, rate control and water quality. The design of ponds and other stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs) shall conform to the requirements of the City’s Engineering Standards and to the standards and design recommendations in the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s Minnesota Stormwater Manual (2006 and subsequent revisions) and Minnesota Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual.

Descriptive links: Storm Water Management             view file

For more information contact:
Neil Soltis (City staff)   |   n.soltis@ci.scandia.mn.us   |   651-433-2274

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Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
Chapter 27 of the city code, Environmental Management, states new development should first review the following site design and BMP options before designing the stormwater system: (1) Preserving natural vegetation. (2) Preserving and utilizing natural upland swales, depressions and upland storage areas in the post development condition to the degree that they can convey, store, filter, and retain stormwater runoff before discharge. Preservation requires that no grading or other construction activity occurs in these areas. (3) Eliminating curb and gutter where practicable and using vegetated swales or equivalent. (4) Minimizing parking facility size. (5) Using shared parking facilities consistent with zoning requirements. (6) Installing semi-permeable/permeable or porous paving. (7) Maximizing open space while incorporating smaller lot sizes to conserve natural areas and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff generated at the site. (8) Utilizing vegetated areas to filter sheet flow, remove sediment and other pollutants and increase time of concentration. (9) Disconnecting impervious areas by allowing runoff from small impervious areas to be directed to pervious areas where it can be infiltrated or filtered. (10) Increasing buffers around streams, steep slopes, and wetlands to protect from flood damage and provide additional water quality treatment. (11) Installing green roofs. (12) Using irrigation ponds/systems, cisterns, rain barrels and related BMPs to reuse stormwater runoff. (13) Planting of trees as a stormwater BMP. (14) Utilizing a soil amendment/decompaction process after site disturbance. The city’s design guide includes design standards for infiltration areas/rain gardens. We have also provided guidance and examples for new developments that are interested in stormwater reuse, green roofs and porous pavers by the installation of example projects on city property.

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

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Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   08/17/2016
Date of last report update:   01/07/2019
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The Shell Rock River Watershed District works with the City of Albert Lea to implement reasonable and necessary improvements to the water-related and other natural resources of the area. Projects include: • Offering rain barrels for sale (including a $10 cost share for citizens living in Albert Lea), as well as instructions for proper use available on the website, in person, or as flyers available at the office. • Assisted with installation of 3 rain gardens in Albert Lea (Lakeview, Fountain Lake Park, and at S 1st Ave and W Main St), and plans are underway for a large rain garden in a City lot. Information and guidelines for installing rain gardens is available on the website. Cost share incentives are available for rain gardens as well. • Cost shares are also available for permeable pavement. • During reconstruction of Broadway and Main St., tree boxes were installed. • For all projects completed by the District, native plants are sourced if possible.

Descriptive links: https://www.shellrock.org/projects

For more information contact:
Jerry Gabrielatos (City staff)   |   jgabrielatos@ci.albertlea.mn.us   |   507-377-4316

Shell Rock River Watershed District

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Apple Valley

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2012

Implementation details:
Engineering design guidelines are in place for rain gardens.

For more information contact:
Charless Grawe (City staff)   |   CGrawe@ci.apple-valley.mn.us   |   952-953-2508

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Date action report first entered:   05/07/2012

Implementation details:
Rain Gardens have been constructed at the Hormel Nature Center, Mower County Jail and Justice Center, and at the Mill Pond

For more information contact:
Janet Anderson (Community volunteer)   |   janetanderson2840@gmail.com   |   5072190680

City, Nature Center, County

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2015
Date of last report update:   06/17/2016

Implementation details:
Project 1: Impervious surface limitation for stormwater management are part of Bemidji Zoning Ordinances. Adopted March 15, 2007 http://www.jpbgba.org/vertical/sites/%7B134ED1DD-8F5D-4B72-9D00-AFD6CD25F943%7D/uploads/2014-04-09_Revised_JPB_Zoning_Ordinance.pdf d) Erosion and Sedimentation Control ordinance adopted December 19, 2007. https://www.municode.com/library/mn/bemidji/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH14EN_ARTVIIERSECO other: Prohibition of the use and sale of coal tar sealant products Adopted December 2, 2013.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Zoning ordinance, Section 914, page 135 d) Erosion and Sedimentation Control Zoning Ordinance, Section 302, page 135 other: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/bemidji/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH14EN_ARTIXENSTPRUSSACOTASEPR

For more information contact:
Shon Snopl (City staff)   |   shon.snopl@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-333-1852

City Council,Greater Bemidji Area Joint Planning Board

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Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
Within the City of Burnsville's parking standards, landscape standards, and PUD zoning ordinance provide for pervious pavement/paver systems & rain water gardens.

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

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Date action report first entered:   01/23/2019
Date of last report update:   01/23/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The city recently adopted an ordinance allowing permeable pavement or pavers within the city.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.chanhassen.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/5463/ORD633

For more information contact:
Jill Sinclair (City staff)   |   jsinclair@ci.chanhassen.mn.us   |   952-227-1133

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Coon Rapids

Date action report first entered:   11/12/2014
Date of last report update:   11/12/2014

Implementation details:
Coon Rapids worked in partnership with Anoka Conservation District and Coon Creek Watershed District to install nine curb-cut rain gardens in a residential neighborhood. This area has large amount of runoff that flows into Sand Creek. Rain gardens function as a cost-effective best management practice for this area and also provide an educational opportunity for residents. This city continues to develop these partnerships and serve as a resource to the community.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Know the Flow featured a story about the partnership in Coon Rapids highlighting the water quality improvement that resulted from the rain gardens. http://www.knowtheflow.us/2012/12/rain-gardens-are-improving-sand-creek/

For more information contact:
Gregg Engle (City staff)   |   gengle@coonrapidsmn.gov   |   763-767-6552

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Date action report first entered:   01/03/2015
Date of last report update:   04/19/2016

Implementation details:
Boulevard rain gardens are installed, where appropriate and as requested by residnents, as part of local street reconstruction projects. The City also has constructed several public rain gardens in parks and rights-of-way where appropriate. All new construction is required to provide erosion control which is part of the building plan review and comment process.

For more information contact:
Anne Norris (City staff)   |   Anne.Norris@crystalmn.gov   |   763-531-1140

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Date action report first entered:   11/15/2011

Implementation details:
Complete: The use of Coal Tar sealants were banned with the League of Cities model ordinance being implemented at the 15 Nov. 2011 Edina City Council meeting. Chapter 4 was amended to add section 490.

Descriptive links: https://edinamn.gov/Section%20490%20Regulation%20of%20Coal%20Tar%20Based%20Sealers.pdf

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

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Date action report first entered:   03/02/2016
Date of last report update:   03/02/2016

Implementation details:
In conjunction with the local water organization Hutchinson Waters, the City has passed out approximately 500 rain barrels to community members.

For more information contact:
John Paulson (City staff)   |   jpaulson@ci.hutchinson.mn.us   |   320-234-5682

Hutchinson Waters

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Date action report first entered:   02/05/2016
Date of last report update:   02/05/2016

Implementation details:
The City’s stormwater management ordinance allows for the use of rain gardens for stormwater management so long as the appropriate MPCA guidelines are followed and the City approves the plans. The City installed a 0.25 acre raingarden in 2015 for the stormwater management of a newly built 75,000 sq. ft. City owned facility.

Descriptive links: http://www.cityofisanti.us/govt/ordinances-code/ordinances-and-code

For more information contact:
Josi Wood (City staff)   |   jwood@cityofisanti.us   |   763-444-5512

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La Prairie

Date action report first entered:   04/14/2011
Date of last report update:   01/08/2016

Implementation details:
Stormwater Management: In 2010, we installed a large French Drain in our city park to allow for the return of storm water runoff from our parking lot in order return water to the ground as opposed to the prior practice of allowing the runoff water to enter the Missisippi/Prairie River. The design for stormwater runoff and new road construction includes the use of a large french drain which will gather the water and allow it to return to the aquifer. In another section of the city near Glenwood Ave, we have storm water the drains to the prairie River. We have designed a new system that will infiltrate the water prior to reaching the river. Green stormwater infrastructure, built a new stormwater system as part of a street reconstruction project that returns water to the ground through an infiltration pond and an infiltration ditch that protects runoff from reaching the river.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The drain worked to perfection 2010 by capturing a huge snow melt and runoff from the parking lot and as a result no water ran to the river. The construction of the storm drain on LaPrairie Ave will be completed in 2015 at the same time the road is reconstructed. Glenwood Ave storm water constuction will be completed in 2015.

For more information contact:
Jonathan Bolen (Elected official)   |   jbolen@laprairiemn.com   |   218-326-8898

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Lake Crystal

Date action report first entered:   03/12/2014

Implementation details:
The City partnered with the Crystal Waters Project to install a rain garden at City Hall during the annual Duck Days Event in June 2013. In addition to a community planting, a landscape designer educated community members about how to plant their own rain gardens. Another rain garden was installed during a Plant the Park event on September 22, 2014 at Robinson Park. The day long even included educational components and community members volunteered to plant the entire garden. City staff helped to clear and dig the site and provided mulch.

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

Crystal Waters Project

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Date action report first entered:   04/15/2015
Date of last report update:   04/15/2015

Implementation details:
Rain garden implemented and proposed in all new construction projects. The first implemented rain garden is located at the Tribal Headquarters.

For more information contact:
Brandy Toft (City staff)   |   air@lldrm.org   |   218-335-7429

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Date action report first entered:   08/19/2015
Date of last report update:   09/28/2015

Implementation details:

Descriptive links: BP17 ACTION 5A

For more information contact:
Peggy McNamara (City staff)   |   pmlexington@comcast.net   |   763-784-2792

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Date action report first entered:   04/02/2018
Date of last report update:   04/02/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
We do not have incentive. But the City is working on guidelines for boulevard plantings and boulevard rain gardens. The rain gardens have to be designed by a Professional Engineer or Landscape Architect. River Keepers puts on the rain barrel classes – the City uses them for our MS4 Public Education and Outreach program

For more information contact:
Dan Mahli (City staff)   |   dan.mahli@cityofmoorhead.com   |   218-299-5314

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North Saint Paul

Date action report first entered:   04/24/2013

Implementation details:
The City of North St. Paul implemented a rain garden policy and resident guide in October 2012. The rain garden policy outlines the guidelines for installing rain gardens in the city's right of way. The policy provides information to residents who are interested in installing rain gardens the benefits of rain gardens.The policy outlines guidelines as well as provides information on possible cost-share dollars that are provided by the local watershed districts. The policy additionally offers residents a 35% reduction in their storm water fee. To ensure that the rain gardens are functioning properly now and into the future residents have submitted maintenance agreements.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Currently the City has 10 rain gardens in the right of way and 6 properties are participating in the fee reduction. The City has received multiple calls inquiring about installing rain gardens since the inception of the policy.

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For more information contact:
Keith Stachowski (City staff)   |   Keith.Stachowski@northstpaul.org   |   651-747-2423

Ramsey Washington Metro Watershed District; Valley Branch Watershed District

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Date action report first entered:   03/31/2017
Date of last report update:   04/05/2017
Year action initially completed:   2012
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
City of Northfield started providing incentives for city property owners to enhance stormwater collection and infiltration. The Rain Barrel Rebate program offers residents a $20 credit on their utility bill by installing a rain barrel to capture and reuse stormwater runoff. Rain Garden cost share program offers residents up to $250 credit on their utility bill by installing a rain garden.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Since these programs have been initiated the City of Northfield has given 67 credits for rain barrels and 6 credits for rain gardens.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.northfield.mn.us/338/rain-garden--rain-barrels             view file

For more information contact:
Tim Behrendt (City staff)   |   tim.behrendt@ci.northfield.mn.us   |   507-645-3027

Cannon River Watershed Partnership

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Date action report first entered:   09/18/2014
Date of last report update:   09/18/2014

Implementation details:
The Oakdale Environmental Management Commission created technical standards and design examples for residential raingarden installation in the city. These standards included basic information on percolation tests, proper sizing and construction of the garden. There were also examples with plant lists a pollinator-friendly and native prairie gardens. The commission is currently evaluating locations in city parks for a demonstration raingarden location.

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For more information contact:
Jen Hassebroek (City staff)   |   jen.hassebroek@ci.oakdale.mn.us   |   651-730-2723

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Red Wing

Date action report first entered:   06/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City of Red Wing has raingardens and has design standards for implementation for city and residents.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to support and develope raingardens on public and private property.

For more information contact:
Paul Drotos (City staff)   |   paul.drotos@ci.red-wing.mn.us   |   651-410-6744

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Date action report first entered:   01/13/2015
Date of last report update:   02/11/2015

Implementation details:
The city has installed many rain gardens in the Walsh Lake area using guidelines and design standards for rain gardens to encourage infiltration and alleviate local flooding problems.

For more information contact:
Ryan Johnson (City staff)   |   Ryan.johnson@cityofroseville.com   |   651-792-7049

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Date action report first entered:   04/16/2014

Implementation details:
When the Royalton School District removed a building to install a parking lot, the City of Royalton specified thathree rain gardens be installed to handle the storm water runoff

Outcome measures/metrics:
The rain gardens have helped reduce the amount of storm water runoff from the parking lot. The neighbors in the area were concerned about the possible increase in runoff when the parking lot was installed, but the raingardens have taken care of that concern.

Descriptive links: http://www.royaltonmn.com/vertical/sites/%7BF29AE369-80CF-4CFB-BE87-851B6F04B18E%7D/uploads/2012_September_October.pdf

Master Gardener Pat Libke helped with the project

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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's Sustainable Building Policy requires stormwater infiltration. Furthermore, CRWD, RWMWD and MWMO offer grants for these practices. LWMO participates in the Blue Thumb program. The Ramsey Conservation District provides rain garden design assistance to Saint Paul Residents. A pervious/permeable pavement project is also in place at Hamline library. Tracking performance of the permeable pavement is part of the project. Section 69.319 of the Saint Paul Ordiannce also guides parking lot stormwater landscaping work.

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

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Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
The City's Environmental Quality Committee hosts an annual Green Community Award program which recognizes private property owners for these stormwater infiltration or reuse techniques. This is one way the City promotes best management practices for stormwater. When the City installs rain gardens, cisterns, or pervious pavement, we follow the Minnesota Stormwater Manual or the Urban Small Sites Manual for specifications.

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

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White Bear Lake

Date action report first entered:   03/25/2013

Implementation details:
The City has a coal tar ban in place. The City will consider green alley development when it does street reconstruction projects in the downtown area within the next few years.

For more information contact:
Connie Taillon (City staff)   |   ctaillon@whitebearlake.org   |   651-429-8564

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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