Designing Public Water Accesses for Clean Water

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$85,000
Source: 
Clean Water Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2013
End Date: 
June 2015
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 2, Sec. 6(i)
Appropriation Language 
85,000 the first year is to develop design standards and best management practices for public water access sites to maintain and improve water quality by avoiding shoreline erosion and runoff.
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$85,000
Direct expenses: 
$32,211
Administration costs: 
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
0.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
By March 1, 2014, design standards and best management practices will be available on the DNR website. Beginning March 1, 2014 local units of government must be notified that the standards and practices are available for use and the commissioner shall utilize the design standards.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Stormwater and Shoreline BMPs for Public water access are available on the DNR website.

http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/water_access/bmp/index.html

The standards and practices should be applied to all future public water access development, and implement at existing impaired sites as funds become available. Site assessment forms can be used to determine the needs of a particular site. There are project examples, photos, illustrations and links to partnership organizations and grant programs.

Project Overview

This is a legislatively mandated project. In order to receive $1,075,000 in water recreation account appropriations for enhancing public water access facilities in FY 2014 and FY 2015 respectively, the commissioner must develop design standards and best management practices specifically for improving water quality by avoiding shoreline erosion and runoff for water accesses.

About the Issue

There are a large number of public water access sites that were developed before treating stormwater was required. The DNR is currently designing and developing water access sites to meet storm water requirements and has experience and success using different combination of systems. Trial and error has been part of the experience. It is important for the DNR to suggest Best Management Practices and provide guidance for others who have public water access. It may take years, however the long term goal is that these guidelines provide the means to repair accesses with erosion and runoff issues all over the state.

Project Manager

Nancy
Stewart
MNDNR Division of Parks and Trails
500 Lafayette Rd
St Paul
55155
651-259-5616