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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The City of Marshall completed the GreenStep Municipal Stormwater Management Assessement in December 2020. The City of Marshall received a score of 27% on the Stormwater Assessment Tool and 25% for the Climate Adaptation Score.
Staff completed the Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment on March 9, 2020. Shakopee scored 40% on the Stormwater Assessment Total and 52% on the Climate Adaptation score; this assessment provides a baseline to measure improvements on a year-to-year basis and identifies several key focus areas.
Staff completed the Municipal Stormwater Management Assessment on April 13, 2020. While South St. Paul scored fairly low (15), staff intend to use many of the policies from the assessment to guide future stormwater management plans.
In 2011 the City of Wyoming contracted with WSB to produce a Storm Water Utility Report to establish method and procedures for implementation of a Storm Water Utility under MN Statutes 444.075. Eligible expenditures, rate structures, and administrative processes were studied and recommendations made. This storm water plan is currently being updated by WSB.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
The led to the City implementing an increase in storm water utility rates.