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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 6      [ 1 2 3 4 5 6 ]       [all actions]

Reduce de-icing salt use to prevent permanent surfacewater and groundwater pollution.

  • Once road and other de-icing salts wash into surface and ground water, there is no feasible way to remove the chloride, which means that chloride will continue to accumulate in the environment over time. More than 1 teaspoon of chloride per 5 gallons of water is toxic to fish, aquatic bugs and amphibians. When the road density in a watershed exceeds 18%, water quality problems are likely. In Minnesota there are over 40 surface waters that exceed the water quality standard for chloride and another 40 that are approaching the standard. 75% of Minnesotans rely on groundwater for drinking water. High amounts of salt in groundwater cause drinking water to taste salty, which could restrict its use for drinking, because the cost to remove salt from drinking water using reverse osmosis is expensive. Currently 30% of Twin Cities' drinking water wells have high levels of chloride. Chloride also corrodes road surfaces and bridges and damages reinforcing rods, increasing maintenance and repair costs. Deicing salt accelerates rusting, causing damage to vehicle parts such as brake linings, frames and bumpers.
  • See Chloride Reduction in Minnesota Communities (MPCA, 2pp: 2018) for a thorough summary of the issue, actions options and resources for taking action.
  • See model snow and ice management policies - for city-hired snow and ice management services, that mandate best practices to minimize environmental impacts from sand, chlorides and other chemicals - and for private snow/ice service contractors signing agreements with customers - developed in 2016 by snow and ice management professionals from cities and counties in diverse areas of Minnesota, watershed districts, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association, and other stakeholders. These policies balance public interests including public safety, equipment and material cost, and environmental impact. See also a shorter model Snowplowing Policy from the League of MN Cities.
  • Partnering with others, the MPCA has created and offers a Smart Salting certification program and a web-based winter maintenance assessment tool to help winter maintenance organizations assess operations, identify opportunities to reduce salt use using proven BMPs, and to track progress, which always includes cost savings. The goal is to maintain performance while reducing salt use and saving cities money.
  • The biggest salt-reduction action, which is also the most effective way to prevent/melt ice and snow, is to apply liquid pre-wetting and anti-icing solutions to roads. These brines spread more evenly, stay put and begin working immediately because the salt/other components are already in solution. In Minnesota, cities that have switched to tanker trucks have reduced salt use by up to 70% and have paid back their equipment investment in a year or two.
Certify primary winter maintenance staff through the MPCA's Smart Salting Level 1 training (for city snowplowing, and for parking lots, service roads & sidewalks); follow training recommendations; certify new staff and keep certifications current; actively promote a model contract that private snow/ice service contractors would sign with customers. Note that, under the Who's doing it tab, cities that have no star next to their entry are cities that completed an erosion control action, which has been replaced by this salt action. The erosion control action was replaced because erosion control is almost always required of cities.
Certify the city at Smart Salting Level 2 by using the MPCA's winter maintenance tool to complete a best management practices assessment; redo assessment at least every 3 years; develop or adopt an existing chloride/salt management plan; modify and adopt a model contract for city-hired snow and ice management services that mandates best practices to minimize environmental impacts from sand, chlorides and other chemicals.
Complete two of: track salt usage; report salt reduction progress; track implementation of best management practices using the winter maintenance tool; educate residents about the environmental impacts of salt and provide information on how to reduce their personal salt use.

Albert Lea

Date action report first entered:   01/07/2019
Date of last report update:   01/07/2019
Year action initially completed:   2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
Shell Rock River Watershed District hosted a Smart Salting road training workshop in Spring 2018. Another workshop focused on parking lots and sidewalks is being planned for Spring 2019.

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

Shell Rock River Watershed District and Fortin Consulting

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Apple Valley pending

Date action report first entered:   03/21/2012

Implementation details:
Apple Valleys City Ordinance 152.55 address these provisions--No land disturbing activity will take place without installation of BMPs regarding erosion/sediment control.

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

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Austin pending

Date action report first entered:   05/07/2012

Implementation details:
The County has an ordinance that addresses this. The Cedar River Watershed District (CRWD) has a sediment and runoff policy that is enforced.

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

County, CRWD

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Bemidji pending

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

Implementation details:
Erosion and Sedimentation Control ordinance adopted December 19, 2007.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/bemidji/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIICOOR_CH14EN_ARTVIIERSECO

For more information contact:
Michelle Miller (City staff)   |   michelle.miller@ci.bemidji.mn.us   |   218-759-3561

Craig Gray, City Engineer

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Brainerd pending

Date action report first entered:   10/16/2014
Date of last report update:   10/16/2014

Implementation details:
All construction sites must meet the minimum required standards of the Erosion Control Ordinance. On-site inspections are performed by the city on all projects. Ref: City Code Section 430

For more information contact:
Mark Ostgarden (City staff)   |   mostgarden@ci.brainerd.mn.us   |   218-828-2309

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Brooklyn Center pending

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

Implementation details:
The City has adopted the Rules of the Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission. The rules apply to sites at one-half acre and greater. Rule E covers Erosion Control and is as strict as MPCA guidelines

Descriptive links: http://shinglecreek.org/files/1078.pdf

For more information contact:
Andrew Hogg (City staff)   |   ahogg@ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us   |   763-569-3327

Shingle Creek and West Mississippi Watershed Management Commission

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Burnsville pending

Date action report first entered:   06/07/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Burnsville has an Erosion/Sediment Control Ordinance (Title 10 - 8 - 8). Details of the ordinance include: permanent stormwater treatment in place, require 1/2 inch for redevelopment, 1 inch infiltration for new development. The water quality requirements for redevelopment are 70% total suspended solids removal, and 30% total phosphorus removal. New development water quality requirements are 90% TSS and 60% phosophorus. Rate control requirement: Redevelopment and new maintains runoff rates at existing levels for the 2 ,10 and 100 year events.

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

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Columbia Heights pending

Date action report first entered:   02/21/2014

Implementation details:
The City has a complete Storm Water Pollution plan. The City's SWPPP webpage outlines the BMPs adopted by the City and various links to ordinances including an erosion sediment control ordinance adopted in 2008.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City's SWPPP was reviewed by the MPCA, who re-authorized a Permit to discharge storm water from our system. Note to PHillip--still gathering more info on projects completed.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.columbia-heights.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=240             view file

For more information contact:
Jesse Davies (City staff)   |   Jesse.Davies@ci.columbia-heights.mn.us   |   763-706-3706

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Eagan pending

Date action report first entered:   01/11/2011

Implementation details:
Included as part of City's Storm Water Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP) in response to Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. City Ordinances 4.32 and 4.33.

Outcome measures/metrics:
City Ordinances 4.32 and 4.33.

For more information contact:
Tom Colbert (City staff)   |   tcolbert@cityofeagan.com   |   (651) 675-5635

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Eden Prairie pending

Date action report first entered:   03/27/2012

Implementation details:
The City of Eden Prairie has a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) that was approved by the Pollution Control Agency (PCA) in March 2003 and amended in 2006. The SWPPP provides a plan of action and a series of Best Management Practices which the City is following to assist in meeting these goals. Public education, public participation events and employee training are a large part of the City's stormwater program. City divisions which help develop and monitor this program include Environmental Services, Utilities, Parks, Inspections, Zoning, Streets and Fleet Maintenance. Many aspects of how we provide services or maintain our facilities are covered under the SWPPP.

Descriptive links: http://www.edenprairie.org/index.aspx?page=396

For more information contact:
Leslie Stovring (City staff)   |   lstovring@edenprairie.org   |   952-949-8327

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Elk River pending

Date action report first entered:   11/25/2010

Implementation details:
Our ordinance is outlined in Chapter 30, Article 7 of our municipal city code.

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/HTML/13427/level3/COOR_CH30LADERE_ARTVIISTMA.html#TOPTITLE

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

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Farmington pending

Date action report first entered:   04/18/2012

Implementation details:
An erosion and sediment control ordinance (11-4-5)was approved on September 20, 2010. The control requires silt fence, turf, temporary rock entrances, etc., and requires the applicant to follow all MPCA best management practices.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Prevent erosion or sediment control issues in stormwater treatment process.

For more information contact:
Adam Kienberger (City staff)   |   akienberger@ci.farmington.mn.us   |   651-280-6820

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Grand Rapids pending

Date action report first entered:   06/21/2012

Implementation details:
Stormwater Utility Ordinance has been adopted and implemented. Sites < and > 1 acre are identified in ordinance. Annual on-site inspections are preformed by the City.

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Hermantown pending

Date action report first entered:   04/09/2015
Date of last report update:   04/15/2015

Implementation details:
City has existing and enforced Erosion and Sediment Control for Land Disturbance Activities ordnance (section 1060, Housing and Buildings code). Erosion and Sediment control plans are necessary for projects of certain specifications.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Soils throughout the city are more stable and resilient. Property vales, wetlands, and water resources are protected.

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For more information contact:
Adam Fulton (City staff)   |   afulton@hermantownmn.com   |   218-729-3618

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Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe pending

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

Implementation details:
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's Land use ordinance covers erosion and sediment control as well as requirements for stormwater treatment.

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

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Mahtomedi pending

Date action report first entered:   08/16/2013

Implementation details:
The Mahtomedi City Code has several provisions related to erosion and sediment control. For applicants requesting approval of a development permit or conditional use permit for grading, filling, and/or excavation, an erosion and sediment control plan and stormwater management plan may be required, depending on the extent of the work. As part of approving a construction permit, grading and filling permit, conditional use permit, variance, or subdivision approval, in the shoreland overlay district, one of the conditions is that methods to minimize soil erosion and to trap sediment before reaching surface water features shall be used. Additionally, in the city's subdivision regulations, Section 11.01, Subdivision 7.0, 8, D, G. states "All surface and underground drainage systems shall be installed to adequately remove all natural drainage that accumulates on developed property. All such systems shall be in conformity to the City drainage plans and all piping shall provide complete removal and a permanent solution for the removal of drainabe water."

For more information contact:
Scott Neilson (City staff)   |   sneilson@ci.mahtomedi.mn.us   |   651-426-3344

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Mankato pending

Date action report first entered:   05/06/2013

Implementation details:
Mankato has established and administers a Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (SWPPP). This program was enacted in response to requirements in the Clean Water Act, and ensures that erosion and sediment control provisions are addressed as part of permanent stormwater treatment and management efforts. ** Update*** In 2009 Ord. 12.02 was passed and implemented to address Erosion & Sediment requirements, Ord. 3.33 was updated to include IDDE corrective actions. Ord 9.77 was updated to address violations of the above mentioned Stormwater ordinances. The enforcement of these ordinances is carried out full time by the Water Quality Specialist who visits every land disturbing site 5000 SF and above a minimum of once a week or after a rain event, whichever comes first. In Feb. 2012 a Stormwater Policy was drafted to address Stormwater pond and conveyance system maintenance. It includes a FAQ sheet to address educating staff and the public about buffer zone requirements, wetlands and natural areas. Since 2008 the Water Quality Specialist (WQS) has held annual public meetings to educate the Public on stormwater pollution prevention. The WQS also meets with citizen groups, business associations and any other venue he can find to educate the public on stormwater issues and pollution prevention. In 2010 the WQS has also implemented a spill resopnse program for the City of Mankato. This program consitist of multiple spill kits strategicly placed at key outfalls throughout the city. This program includes the cooperation and joint training of Public Saftey (Police & Fire), key city staff and the MPCA ER Staff. In 4/2013 administrative penalties were adopted to improve enforcement abilities for IDDE, unreported spills and other Stormwater related violations.

Descriptive links: http://www.mankato-mn.gov/Stormwater-Pollution-Prevention/Page.aspx             view file

For more information contact:
Rick Baird (City staff)   |   rbaird@city.mankato.mn.us   |   507-387-8543


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Maplewood pending

Date action report first entered:   03/29/2011
Date of last report update:   05/01/2015

Implementation details:
Maplewood is a registered MS4 SWPPP permittee. Maplewood has an ordinance that addresses the control and elimination of erosion and sedimentation. The ordinance establishes standards to prevent down stream pollution from sediments and waste nutrients. All grading activities in the City of Maplewood require permits to control erosion as well as fill out an erosion control compliance agreement. These permits can only be achieved with the submission of an application for all construction activity that proposes to disturb 500 sq. ft. adjacent to sensitive areas. These areas have conducted inspections. Link to Maplewood Surface Water Management Plan: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/DocumentCenter/View/1512 Link for grading information: http://www.ci.maplewood.mn.us/index.aspx?nid=337

Descriptive links: http://mn-maplewood.civicplus.com/index.aspx?nid=719

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

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Northfield pending

Date action report first entered:   10/23/2014
Date of last report update:   10/23/2014

Implementation details:
This ordinance contains provisions regarding erosion and sediment control and also contains requirements for permanent stormwater treatement.

Descriptive links: https://www.municode.com/library/mn/northfield/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=PTIINOCO_CH22EN_ARTVISUWAMA_DIV2STMA_S22-302PONSPESTSTMA

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

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Oakdale pending

Date action report first entered:   01/30/2014

Implementation details:
Erosion and sediment control ordinance requirements must be implemented on all construction sites where grading disturbs more than one acre. All developments must have permanent stormwater treatment plans in place to treat the first 1 inch of rainfall on impervious surfaces on the site.

Descriptive links: http://www.ci.oakdale.mn.us/vertical/Sites/%7B9D2ABE6F-4847-480E-9780-B9885C59543F%7D/uploads/Engineering-designguidelines.pdf

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

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Red Wing pending

Date action report first entered:   06/28/2011

Implementation details:
The city has an erosion and sediment control ordinance. It also has a permanent treatment control standard. In our zoning ordinance we have a stormwater management section that requires erosion and sediment control and permanent stormwater treatment with new development.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continue to implement the ordinance.

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

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Rochester pending

Date action report first entered:   06/02/2011

Implementation details:
Included in Rochester's Zoning Ordinance is a chapter on Stormwater management. 62.1008 STORMWATER MANAGEMENT General Standards When possible, existing natural drainageways, wetlands, and vegetated soil surfaces must be used to convey, store, filter, and retain stormwater runoff before discharge to public waters. Development must be planned and conducted in a manner that will minimize the extent of disturbed areas, runoff velocities, erosion potential, and reduce and delay runoff volumes. Disturbed areas must be stabilized and protected as soon as possible. When development density, topographic features, and soil and vegetation conditions are not sufficient to adequately handle stormwater runoff using natural features and vegetation, various types of constructed facilities such as dikes, diversion, settling basins, and ponds may be used. Preference must be given to designs using surface drainage, vegetation, and infiltration rather than buried pipes and manmade materials and facilities. Public utility projects located within shoreland areas will be processed through the Type II review process, and stormwater management standards will be considered in the review process. Specific Standards Impervious surface coverage of lots must not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the lot area. When constructed facilities are used for stormwater management, documentation must be provided by a qualified individual that they are designed and installed consistent with the local soil and water conservation district guidelines. New constructed stormwater outfalls to public waters must provide for filtering or settling of suspended solids and skimming of surface debris before discharge.

Descriptive links: http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/planning_zoning/Chapter%2062/621000SHORELAND_DISTRICT.asp?Printable=true

For more information contact:
Jacob Ryg (City staff)   |   jryg@rochestermn.gov   |   507-328-2515

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Rogers pending

Date action report first entered:   01/09/2014

Implementation details:
The City of Rogers already has erosion and sediment control provisions incorporated into a few ordinances. Zoning Ordinance: The following general standards shall apply to all development and activity that necessitates the grading, stripping, cutting, filling or exposure of soils: (1) The development shall conform to the natural limitations presented by topography and soil so as to create the least potential for soil erosion. (2) Erosion and siltation control measures shall be coordinated with the different stages of development. Appropriate control measures shall be installed prior to the development when necessary to control erosion. (3) Land shall be developed in increments of workable size such that adequate erosion and siltation controls can be provided as construction progresses. The smallest practical area of land shall be exposed at any one period of time. (4) The drainage system shall be constructed and operational as quickly as possible during construction. (5) Whenever possible, natural vegetations shall be retained and protected. http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level5/PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE.html#PTIILADERE_CH125ZO_ARTVSUDIRE_DIV2PEST_SDIINGE_S125-317SOERSECO Shoreland Protection Ordinance: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level3/PTIILADERE_CH109SHWEPR_ARTIISHPR.html#PTIILADERE_CH109SHWEPR_ARTIISHPR_S109-21AD Stormwater Management Ordinance: The Stormwater Management Ordinance best details the City's erosion and sediment control standards and incorporates the requirements of the PCA. http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level3/PTIILADERE_CH117STMA_ARTIISTMAPL.html#PTIILADERE_CH117STMA_ARTIISTMAPL_S117-37APST The City's Water Resource Specialist inspects construction sites within the city to ensure these standards are being followed and will follow up concerning any violations.

Descriptive links: http://library.municode.com/HTML/14443/level3/PTIILADERE_CH117STMA_ARTIISTMAPL.html#PTIILADERE_CH117STMA_ARTIISTMAPL_S117-37APST

For more information contact:
Mike Bauer (City staff)   |   mbauer@ci.rogers.mn.us   |   763-428-1033

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Rosemount pending

Date action report first entered:   03/08/2012

Implementation details:
The City's standards regarding erosion and sediment controls and requirements for permanent stormwater treatment are detailed in Title 10 (Water Resource Management) of the City Code.

Descriptive links: http://tinyurl.com/7d5c9xk

For more information contact:
Anthony Nemcek (City staff)   |   anthony.nemcek@ci.rosemount.mn.us   |   651-322-2090

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Roseville pending

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

Implementation details:
Chapter 803.04 of the city code details erosion and sedimentation control including best management practices.

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

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Saint Anthony pending

Date action report first entered:   05/05/2011

Implementation details:
The City has adopted erosion and sediment control provisions as well as a local water resource management plan that requires stormwater treatment.

For more information contact:
Jay Hartman (City staff)   |   jay.hartman@ci.saint-anthony.mn.us   |   612-782-3314

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Saint Cloud pending

Date action report first entered:   05/11/2011

Implementation details:
The City of St. Cloud has erosion and sediment control provisions adopted in the Land Development Code, Article 19- Off-Site Development Standards. It requires an erosion and sediment control plan to be developed in accordance with MPCA's- Stormwater Permit Program Construction Activity. It also requires maintenance of development-wide erosion and sediment control measures.

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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Saint Louis Park pending

Date action report first entered:   06/01/2010

Implementation details:
This ordinance was created in conjunction with the NPDES Permit the city is required to have. City inspects all land-disturbing activities and requlates all sites under 1 acre with specific thresholds for action, 50 cubic yards or 500 square feet of site disturbance, kickistarting erosion control permit process.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Continuing to implement ordinance and can evaluate metrics via erosion control citations, educational brochures handed out, plans conforming to ordiance specifications, public input/feedback and other means.

Descriptive links: http://www.stlouispark.org/zoning-code/about-the-st-louis-park-city-code.html             view file

For more information contact:
Perry Edman (City staff)   |   pedman@stlouispark.org   |   952-924-2690

MNDOT, MN DNR, Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, Bassett Creek Watershed Commission, MPCA

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Saint Paul pending

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

Implementation details:
The City has adopted an erosion and sediment control provision as well as requirements for permanent stormwater treatment. See Chapter 52 of the Ordinance.

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

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Shoreview pending

Date action report first entered:   05/01/2013

Implementation details:
The City has an adopted and implemented erosion control ordinance in Section 209.040 of the Municipal Code. The Public Works Department is responsible for tracking current construction projects of all sizes where erosion control is necessary. Inspections are regularly scheduled for all open sites to ensure compliance.

Descriptive links: http://www.shoreviewmn.gov/pdfs/city-code/chapter-209.pdf

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

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Silver Bay pending

Date action report first entered:   05/12/2014
Date of last report update:   05/12/2014

Implementation details:
A comprehensive perimeter ditching project is in the works to effectively control storm water, as well as help prevent erosion and control sediments. Silver Bay is working with Lake County Soil Water team, as well as engineers who are using GIS mapping to control the storm water runoff.

For more information contact:
Lana Fralich (City staff)   |   lanaf@silverbay.com   |   218-226-4408

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Willmar pending

Date action report first entered:   03/10/2012

Implementation details:
The purpose of this ordinance is to promote, preserve and enhance the natural resources within the City of Willmar; to protect them from adverse effects occasioned by poorly sited development or incompatible activities; to regulate land-disturbing or development activities that would have an adverse and potentially irreversible impact on water quality, stormwater runoff rates/volumes, and unique and fragile environmentally-sensitive land; to alleviate current flooding problems and prevent future flooding problems; to minimize conflicts and encourage compatibility between land-disturbing and development activities and water quality and environmentally sensitive lands; and to require detailed review standards and procedures for land-disturbing or development activities proposed for such areas, thereby achieving a balance between urban growth and development and protection of water quality, water quantity and natural areas.

Outcome measures/metrics:
All new construction must comply with the ordinance. Stormwater discharge rate is controlled and quality is improved.

Descriptive links: http://www.willmar.mn.us/menu/departments/pw/swppp/ORD1227.pdf

For more information contact:
Sara Jacobson (City staff)   |   sjacobson@willmarmn.gov   |   320-235-4760

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Woodbury pending

Date action report first entered:   04/27/2013

Implementation details:
Chapter 7, Land Disturbance and Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance of City Code outlines the erosion and sediment control requirements for the City of Woodbury. Additional detail and guidance is included in the city’s land Disturbance Permit packet. Regular site inspections are performed by city staff on all projects with an active land disturbance permit. Chapter 27, Environmental Management, includes the city’s requirements for permanent stormwater treatment.

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

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Arlington pending

Date action report first entered:   07/22/2015
Date of last report update:   07/22/2015

Implementation details:
The City of Arlington has existing and enforced Erosion and Sediment Control for land disturbance activities via its ordinances (public land dedication, storm-water management and zoning amendments). Erosion and Sediment control plans are necessary for projects of certain specifications.

Outcome measures/metrics:
Soils throughout the city are more stable and resilient. Property values, wetlands, and water resources are protected.

Descriptive links: http://www.arlingtonmn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/169.pdf             view file

For more information contact:
Cynthia Smith-Strack (Contractor)   |   cstrack@municipaldevelopmentgroup.com   |   507-964-2378

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Cottage Grove pending

Date action report first entered:   01/29/2014

Implementation details:
11-6-12: Outlines all erosion and sediment control policies for development or redevelopment projects. City Code requires all applications requesting the approval of a grading, excavating, or and construction plan requires an erosion and sediment control plan from the applicant to assure management of erosion and stormwater during construction, excavation and grading.

Descriptive links: http://sterlingcodifiers.com/codebook/index.php?book_id=500&amp;section_id=806974

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

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Crystal pending

Date action report first entered:   01/03/2015
Date of last report update:   01/12/2015

Implementation details:
Section 415 of Crystal City Code requires erosion and sediment control.

Descriptive links: http://www.crystalmn.gov/docs/city_code/CRYSTAL_CODE_CHAPTER_4.pdf

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

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New Hope pending

Date action report first entered:   04/02/2015
Date of last report update:   11/16/2018
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
In 2009, the New Hope City Code was amended to include more detailed rules and regulations to control grading, land fill, soil storage, and erosion and sedimentation relating to land disturbance, construction and development activities. The language relating to floodplain districts was also revised. Many of the City Code changes were necessary to comply with federal National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) storm water permit requirements. Since 2003, the city has been required to maintain an NPDES MS4 permit in order to discharge water from its storm water system into area ponds, streams, and wetlands. Some of the language changes were also made to ensure that the City Code and Local Water Management Plan are consistent with state statute, the Metropolitan Council’s Water Resource Management Plan, and the policies of the Bassett Creek and Shingle Creek watershed commissions.

Descriptive links: https://www.newhopemn.gov/cms/one.aspx?portalId=9826709&pageId=11181739

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

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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