Lake Superior Basin Stormwater Management
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.
Jim Hall - Secretary, David Berglund - Treasurer, Don Goodell - Chair, Joan Farnam - Vice Chair, Jerry Hiniker - Public Relations
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;
Laws of Minnesota 2011, 1st Special Session, Chapter 6, Section 7, and Laws of Minnesota 2012, Chapter 264, Section 7
Up to 5 Community Partners Grant Projects
This project resulted in estimated reductions of 4 lb. of phosphorus per year and 130 tons of sediment per year
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.