Greening the Big Box

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$176,047
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
January 2012
End Date
December 2014
Activity Type
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected
Chisago
Washington
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of 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
$176,047
Other Funds Leveraged
$70,419
Direct expenses
$176,047
Administration costs
$1,100
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.2
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Green Streets conversion to provide stormwater treatment along untreated roadways in City of Forest Lake - Comfort Lake and Stormwater treatment for"big box" retail and industrial areas in City of Forest Lake - Comfort Lake Proposed Reductions: 11 lbs/year Phosphorus and 3 tons/year Sediment

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project has resulted in the following pollution reduction estimates: 9 lbs/yr phosphorus and 16 tons/year sediment (TSS).

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

Comfort Lake is one of Chisago county's largest recreational lakes. Comfort Lake is of regional significance with public access for boating, fishing and swimming. A pollution reduction study was conducted for the lake because of decreasing water quality. This study identified highly urban areas as one of the sources of nutrients.
This project will be completed as part of a comprehensive effort to address excess nutrient loading to Comfort Lake and will focus on implementing two sets of targeted actions: retrofitting filtration practices into parking lots of existing "big box"-type retail and commercial properties, and reshaping an untreated street section into a green street. The project will install stormwater management controls in targeted areas where minimal or no stormwater controls currently exist. The addition of stormwater practices will reduce the total phosphorus load to Comfort Lake by an estimated 11 pounds per year.

Project Manager
First Name
Doug
Last Name
Thomas
Organization Name
Comfort Lake-Forest Lake Watershed District
Street Address
220 N. Lake Street
City
Forest Lake
State
MN
Zip Code
55025
Phone
(651) 209-9753
Email
doug.thomas@clflwd.org
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