Cost Effective Stormwater Control in Cass County

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Cass County Environmental
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Most municipalities located in Cass County are adjacent to surface waters that drain into the Upper Mississippi River Watershed. In some cases, over 30% of the community consists of impervious surface coverage. Few, if any of these communities have done any work to retrofit existing stormwater systems. As a result, large amounts of untreated stormwater carrying phosphorus, nitrogen and sediments enter the river. These impacts have resulted in the degrading of water quality in the watershed. This project will engage local lake associations and other local non-profits to partner in community efforts to retrofit areas in their communities and municipalities. The installation of curb cut raingardens at strategic locations will greatly reduce the amounts of untreated pollutants from entering surface waters.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Neal Gaalswyk-1st District Commissioner, Robert Kangas-2nd District Commissioner, Jeff Peterson-3rd District Commissioner, James Dowson-4th District Commissioner, Dick Downham-5th District Commissioner

Advisory Group Members and Qualifications

Wayne Zellmer -BWSR Grants Coordinator; Matt Drewitz -BWSR South Region Clean Water Specialist; Jeff Hrubes -BWSR North Region Clean Water Specialist; Marcey Westrick -BWSR Metro Clean Water Specialist; Art Persons -MDH Planning Supervisor Drinking Water Protection; Terry Bovee -MDH Principal Planner Drinking Water Protection; Julie Westerlund -DNR Clean Water Coordinator; Dave Friedl -DNR Northern Region Clean Water Specialist; Joshua Stamper -MDA Research Scientist, Pesticide & Fertilizer Management; Dwight Wilcox -MDA Ag BMP Program Planner; Anna Kerr -MPCA -Stormwater / TMDL Coordinator;-DNR Central Region Clean Water Legacy Specialist; Karen Evens - MPCA -Watershed Projects Manager;

Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp

Legal Citation / Subdivision
111 006 02 07G 000
Appropriation Language

Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Up to Twenty Community Partners Grant Projects

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
Neal Gaalswyk, Robert Kangas, Jeff Peterson, James Dowson, Dick Downham
Project Manager
First Name
John Ringle
Last Name
Organization Name
Cass County Environmental
Street Address
303 Minnesota Avenue W. P.O. Box 3000
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767