Seminary Fen Protection

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Clean Water Fund
Metropolitan Council
Recipient Type: 
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Assessment/Evaluation, Planning, Technical Assistance
Counties Affected: 
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2010, Chp. 361 Art. 2, Sec. 5
Appropriation Language 

$400,000 is appropriated in fiscal year 2011 from the clean water fund, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 114D.50, to the Metropolitan Council to fund Metropolitan Council water supply planning activities under section 473.1565, for projects that include, but are not limited to, protection of the Seminary Fen and Valley Branch Trout Stream; lessening groundwater vulnerability by mapping glacial aquifers; creation of a comprehensive map of known groundwater contaminant plumes; and the design of plans that can be used by communities for reusing storm water. By January 15, 2011, the council shall report to the chairs and ranking minority members of the legislative committees and divisions that make recommendations for appropriations from the clean water fund on the outcomes of the council's water supply planning activities. This appropriation is onetime and available until expended.

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Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Communities will have more certainty about what water sources can be developed to meet projected demands without compromising the integrity of the fen. Land use and natural resource managers will have a comprehensive plan for addressing various the needs of the growing communities while protecting the fen.

Measurable Outcome(s) 

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

Description of Funds: 
The amount funded is estimated as it is an ongoing project.
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Recipient Board Members: 
Susan Haigh (Chair), Roxanne Smith, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Gary Van Eyll, Steve Elkins, James Brimeyer, Gary L. Cunningham, Adam Duininck, Edward Reynoso, John Doan, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, Jon Commers, Steven T. Chavez, Wendy Wulff

Project Overview

The Metropolitan Council is conducting technical analyses and leading a stakeholder process to evaluate potential threats to the Seminary Fen, a calcareous wetland in southeastern Carver County. This rare and sensitive water feature, protected by Minnesota Statutes 103G.223, relies on the discharge of groundwater to sustain a unique and protected plant community. Growing communities near the fen also rely on groundwater for their water supply. The technical analysis will evaluate the potential effects of current and projected groundwater withdrawals, surface water management and land-use activities on the Seminary Fen. This effort will result in the development and implementation of a resource stewardship plan to guide management activities addressing pressures that affect the health of the fen, including groundwater withdrawals, stormwater runoff, water quality and invasive species.

Project Manager

Metropolitan Council
390 N. Robert St.
St. Paul
(651) 602-1803