Lake Superior Basin Stormwater Management

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

This project builds on the success of Cook Soil and Water Conservation District's (SWCD) 2012 Clean Water Assistance grant, to provide sub-grants to landowners and community partners in the Lake Superior Basin, to implement rain gardens (or bio-retention basins) to reduce the stormwater footprint on Lake Superior. It is projected that 4 to 5 rain gardens could be completed, providing stormwater treatment to approximately 18 to 30 acres in the Cook County. With the partnership of Cook County, landowners, the City of Grand Marias, and Cook SWCD, these stormwater treatment projects will encourage interested landowners or community groups to apply for funding to implement structural and vegetative practices of rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff and retain water on the land to reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, and pollutants. Implementing more rain gardens as stormwater practices in the Lake Superior Basin will work towards protecting the water quality of Lake Superior.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Jim Hall - Secretary, David Berglund - Treasurer, Don Goodell - Chair, Joan Farnam - Vice Chair, Jerry Hiniker - Public Relations

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 5 Community Partners Grant Projects

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 4 lb. of phosphorus per year and 130 tons of sediment per year

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
Jim Hall, David Berglund, Don Goodell, Joan Farnam, Jerry Hiniker
Project Manager
First Name
Kerrie Fabius
Last Name
Organization Name
Cook County Soil and Water Conservation District
Street Address
411 West 2nd Street
Grand Marais
Zip Code
218 387-3649
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767