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GreenStep City Best Practices Environmental Management

Surface Water
no. 19

Improve local water bodies to sustain their long-term ecological function and community benefits.
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Adopt goals to revegetate shoreland and create a local program or outreach effort to help property owners with revegetation.

Collaborate with DNR and others and support/initiate an effort to measure shoreland status and set goals for needed restoration work and to locally promote DNR revegetation incentives and technical assistance.
Achieve 1-star and report progress toward meeting goals for restoration of a specific percentage of shoreland.
Enact a point-of-sale regulation that ensures shoreland revegetation as property is sold.


Date action report first entered:   11/24/2017
Date of last report update:   11/24/2017
Year action initially completed:   1997
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The Wetland Vegetation Treatment Policy provides the basis for treatment of wetlands for algae and aquatic vegetation and establishes incentives for property owners around the wetland to take steps that protect water quality of wetlands.

Descriptive links: https://www.bloomingtonmn.gov/sites/default/files/media/WetlandProtectionProgramMgmtPlan.pdf

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

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Golden Valley

Date action report first entered:   12/05/2017
Date of last report update:   12/05/2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission (BCWMC), of which Golden Valley is a member, established the goal to, “maintain or improve shoreland integrity and implement stream restoration measures to maintain or enhance ecological functions as well as human health, safety, and welfare” in its 2015 Watershed Management Plan. This plan also identified the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources shoreland habitat restoration grant program as a state funding source that cities and/or the BCWMC could obtain to fund shoreland projects (Section The BCWMC Channel Maintenance Fund can be utilized by private property owners in the member cities to cover part of the costs of restoring and revegetating shoreland areas along streams. In the Surface Water chapter of its 2030 Comprehensive Plan, Golden Valley established the goals to “Protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat and maintain shoreland integrity” and “Improve the quality of Bassett Creek and City lakes to enhance the aesthetics and recreation opportunities in Golden Valley.” The chapter also includes a water resources implementation program identifying projects that will improve water quality, potential funding sources, and proposed years of implementation. Several of these projects have been completed, are ongoing, or are planned.

Outcome measures/metrics:
The City has established over 5 miles of stream bank buffer (out of 16 miles of stream banks) since 2007. As of 2016, over 30 private properties stabilized their own shorelines, 5 with the assistance of the Channel Maintenance Fund. 20 private properties have restrictions regarding vegetation and shorelines established through conservation easements.

Descriptive links: http://bassettcreekwmo.org/document/wmp-plans

For more information contact:
Eric Eckman (City staff)   |   eeckman@goldenvalleymn.gov   |   763-593-8084

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Lake Crystal

Date action report first entered:   02/22/2017
Date of last report update:   02/22/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The Crystal Waters Project, together with the City of Lake Crystal established a lakeshore restoration plan for Robinson Park. This will be completed in two phases. The first phase is funded and will take place in May 2017. It will include over 2,000 square feet of lakeshore stabilization and native species plants along an abandoned beach. Phase two set for Fall 2017 will include another 6,000 square feet of native plants, and if funding is available, a path, educational signage, a pier and bathroom reconstruction. The LCWM School District students will participate in the planting events and garden maintenance.

Outcome measures/metrics:
$10,000 was funded for the project. Blazing Star Gardens was hired to manage the design, project, and maintenance training.

Descriptive links: www.crystalwatersproject.org

Crystal Waters Project, Lake Crystal Parks and Recreation Committee, and the City of Lake Crystal

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New Hope

Date action report first entered:   12/19/2017
Date of last report update:   12/20/2017
Year action initially completed:   2014
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   No

Implementation details:
The city partnered with the Meadow Lake Watershed Association to start the Adopt A Plot Native Plant Restoration Program in 2014 (Improvement Project No. 933). The goal of the public service program is for community volunteers to restore native plants, trees, and shrubs along the shoreline in Meadow Lake Park. It allows environmentally conscious citizens to make a personal contribution to improving water quality and creating a healthier environment. The watershed manages the program and the city provides assistance in community awareness, preparing parkland plots, and providing materials such as native plants, mulch, and fencing.

Outcome measures/metrics:
As of April 2014, 6 plots had been spoken for by volunteers.

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

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Saint Paul

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

Implementation details:
Shoreland restorations have been implemented on Como Lake and Phalen Lake. Also at ponds in Phalen Golf Course and all the City golf courses.

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

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Arden Hills

Date action report first entered:   10/12/2017
Date of last report update:   10/18/2017
Year action initially completed:   2017
Action completed after joining GreenStep?   Yes

Implementation details:
The City partners with the Ramsey County Conservation District and Rice Creek Watershed District on existing programs available to Arden Hills residents that help restore shoreland areas.

For more information contact:
Mike Mrosla (City staff)   |   mmrosla@cityofardenhills.org   |   6517927822

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

greenstep advisor
Daniel Petrik, Land Use Specialist, MN Dept. of Natural Resources: 651/259-5697, Daniel.Petrik@state.mn.us