Minnesota's Legacy

City of Grand Marais Stormwater Management Implementation

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,978
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected
Cook
Cook
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 7
Appropriation Language

(a) $13,750,000 the first year and $13,750,000 the second year are for pollution reduction and restoration grants to local government units and joint powers organizations of local government units to protect surface water and drinking water; to keep water on the land; to protect, enhance, and restore water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams; and to protect groundwater and drinking water, including feedlot water quality and subsurface sewage treatment system (SSTS) projects and stream bank, stream channel, and shoreline restoration projects. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$34,978
Other Funds Leveraged
$19,035
Direct expenses
$34,978
Administration costs
$1,880
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.09
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Construction of 2 Raingardens - Lake Superior. Proposed Reductions: 0.6 Nitrogen lbs/year, 0.6 Phosphorus lbs/year and 150 Sediment lbs/year

Measurable Outcome(s)

Two rain gardens were installed, yielding an estimated sediment loss reduction of 150 lbs/yr.

Source of Additional Funds

The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.

Project Overview

Improving stormwater management in Grand Marais is a priority for the community. The Cook County Comprehensive Water Plan identifies water quality and quantity concerns related to residential development include increased runoff from roads, parking areas, roofs, etc. into Lake Superior.
This project is a partnership with Grand Marais to reduce the stormwater footprint on Lake Superior by constructing two rain gardens. Previous funding from a Minnesota Lake Superior Coastal Program grant enabled a landscape architect to complete the shovel-ready designs and construction specifications. Local SWCD engineering staff assisted with the stormwater calculations and the site surveys. This project will provide stormwater treatment to approximately 12.3 acres in the city of Grand Marais that currently drains directly to Lake Superior.
Implementing rain gardens as stormwater practices will work towards protecting the water quality of Lake Superior. The professional rain garden designs will be showcased as stormwater treatment practices and demonstration sites to inform citizens and encourage them to do projects like this on their own property.

Project Manager
First Name
Kerrie
Last Name
Fabius
Organization Name
Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District
Street Address
411 West 2nd Street
City
Grand Marais
State
MN
Zip Code
55604
Phone
(218) 387-3649
Email
kerrie.fabius@co.cook.mn.us
Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

The 20-member BWSR board consists of representatives of local and state government agencies and citizens. Members are appointed by the governor of the state of Minnesota consistent with Minnesota Statutes 103B.101. Board members at the time the grant was made were: County Commissioner Appointees: Quentin Fairbanks; Tom Loveall; Brian Napstad; Soil and Water Conservation District Appointees: Paul Langseth, Louise Smallidge and Bob Burandt; Watershed District or Watershed Management Organization Appointees: Gene Tiedemann, LuAnn Tolliver and Todd Foster; Citizen Appointees: Paul Brutlag ; Gerald Van Amburg; John Meyer; Cities & Townships: Sandy Hooker -Township; Christy Jo Fogarty -Metro City; Keith Mykleseth -Non-Metro City; Agency: Chris Elvrum - Minnesota Department of Health; Rebecca Flood - Pollution Control Agency; Tom Landwehr - Department of Natural Resources; Matt Wohlman - Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Faye Sleeper - Minnesota Extension Service;

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Robert L. Sip -MDA Environmental Policy Specialist; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator; Nick Proulx -DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Norman R. Mofjeld -MDA Hydrologist P.G. Well Management Section;

Conflict of Interest Disclosed
No
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp