This citizen-initiated project partners public and private organizations to fund a series of integrated neighborhood infiltration activities targeting a priority resource. This project will install 50 raingardens on residential properties, and install pervious pavement systems on 10 patios, 6 driveways, and 15 walkways. In addition, a pervious pavement patio, raingarden, and RainXChange system will be installed at the Diamond Lake Lutheran Church and at Pearl Park.
Gorman Lake has elevated nutrient levels and drains into the Cannon River. This project will provide a subgrant to the Gorman Lake Assocation to install a two-tiered retention pond to reduce both phosphorus and peak flow from a drainage ditch from reaching Gorman Lake.
The Thief River is the source of drinking water for the City of Thief River Falls. The river’s other designated uses also include recreation and aquatic life. Water quality monitoring conducted by local agencies discovered that the Thief River is not meeting state water quality standards for both turbidity (muddiness) and dissolved oxygen.
In the early 1900s, a joint State and County drainage project constructed a 1¼ mile outlet channel to Grand Marais Creek to provide a shorter outlet to the Red River and effectively abandoned the lower 6 miles of the natural channel. In recent times, the ditch has eroded from its original shape to a channel of steep gradients and unstable banks.
The drainage areas for the Root and Whitewater rivers are located in the karst region of southeastern Minnesota. Karst is defined as a landscape with depressions such as sinkholes caused by underground erosion that dissolves the limestone bedrock making this region home to one of the largest collections of freshwater springs in the United States and some of the best trout fishing in the Midwest.
The Greater Blue Earth River Basin Alliance is a Joint Powers Organization consisting of nine member Counties and Soil and Water Conservation Districts encompassing the Blue Earth, Le Sueur and Watonwan River Watersheds. This project will enable the Alliance to continue to provide staff and add capacity in the areas of technical assistance, education and outreach.
The Capitol Region Watershed District, in partnership with Saint Paul, Ramsey County and Met Council, will install an integrated tree-infiltration trench system along both sides of University Avenue within Saint Paul as part of the CCLRT. 20 additional BMPs (raingardens, stormwater planters, and infiltration trenches) will also be installed on adjacent connecting streets.
Green Streets for Blue Waters is a collaborative effort to install curb cut raingardens and other stormwater management practices within public right of way and on private lands. The project development was funded by the City of Bloomington and the Lower Minnesota River Watershed District, who worked with Metro Blooms to identify the project area and goals.
Comfort Lake is one of Chisago county's largest recreational lakes. Comfort Lake is of regional significance with public access for boating, fishing and swimming. A pollution reduction study was conducted for the lake because of decreasing water quality. This study identified highly urban areas as one of the sources of nutrients.