Community Blue: Vadnais Lake Area Watershed Management Organization Partner Conservation Program

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Lambert Creek is wholly within the Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Area. Vadnais Lake is the drinking water reservoir for the City of St. Paul and surrounding communities. Lambert Creek has elevated bacteria and nutrient levels and water quality in Vadnais Lake will not improve unless there is a reduction in the phosphorus loading from Lambert Creek.
The Community Blue partnership program will be a unique program with a focus on engaging citizens through the installation of exceptionally visible and community accessible raingardens, shoreline restorations, and tree trenches. Significant, measurable outputs with development of long-term partnerships are primary objectives for this program. The program aims to install 7-10 conservation practices targeted within the Lambert Creek subwatershed and Goose Lake drainage area. These projects are anticipated to capture almost 5.5 million gallons of stormwater runoff annually, and reduce the phosphorus load into Lambert Creek by approximately 12 lbs/year.

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
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota 2011, First Special Session chapter 6, article 2, section 7
Appropriation Language

(g) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for community partners grants to local units of government for: (1) structural or vegetative management practices that reduce storm water runoff from developed or disturbed lands to reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants for restoration, protection, or enhancement of water quality in lakes, rivers, and streams and to protect groundwater and drinking water; and (2) installation of proven and effective water retention practices including, but not limited to, rain gardens and other vegetated infiltration basins and sediment control basins in order to keep water on the land. The projects must be of long-lasting public benefit, include a local match, and be consistent with TMDL implementation plans or local water management plans. Local government unit staff and administration costs may be used as a match.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Project Outputs: 7-10 BMP Installations with the Goose Lake Subwatershed & Lambert Creek Subwatershed 16.6 acre-feet/year hydrology 12 lbs/year of phosphorus 3.5 tons/year sediment. Develop a minimum of 10 new long-term community partnerships

Measurable Outcome(s)

This Community Partners Conservation Program grants has yielded an estimated 3 lbs/yr phosphorus reduction, 1 ton/yr sediment reduction (TSS), and 4,348 acre-feet/yr stormwater runoff reduction.

Source of Additional Funds

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

Recipient Board Members
Marc Johannsen (Vadnais Heights); Dan Jones(White Bear Lake); Bill Mample (White Bear Township); Robert Uzpen (Gem Lake); Rob Rafferty (Lino Lakes); Marty Long (North Oaks). All Board members are City Council Representatives for the cities in the parentheses next to their names.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization
Street Address
800 East County Road E
Vadnais Heights
Zip Code
(651) 204-6074
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767