Stormwater Reuse Demonstration Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$92,629
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/Barr Engineering Company/City of Saint Paul
Recipient Type
For-Profit Business/Entity
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
December 2013
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Ramsey
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chapter 137, Art. 2, Sec. 9, Subd. (c)
Appropriation Language

(c) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the second year are for metropolitan regional groundwater planning to achieve water supply reliability and sustainability, including determination of a sustainable regional balance of surface water and groundwater, a feasibility assessment of potential solutions to rebalance regional water use and identify potential solutions to address emerging subregional water supply issues such as the northeast metro, and development of an implementation plan that addresses regional targets and timelines and defines short- and medium-term milestones for achieving the desirable surface water and groundwater regional balance. By January 15, 2014, the commissioner shall submit an interim report on the expenditure of this appropriation to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources finance and policy and the clean water fund.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$92,629
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$92,629
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The Metropolitan Council proposes to deliver two separate and related pieces of this project:• Participation in a project with the City of Saint Paul for the design and construction of the stadium rainwater reuse system• The work required to convey rainwater from the northern half of the OMF roof to the stadiumProposed outcomes:• The feasibility of potential solutions to rebalance regional water use is assessed• Potable water use at the stadium will be reduced• Hundreds of thousands of Lowertown Ballpark visitors will learn about stormwater reuse• Stormwater discharge to the Mississippi River will be reduced

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

Recipient Board Members
Susan Haigh (Chair), Roxanne Smith, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Gary Van Eyll, Steve Elkins, James Brimeyer, Gary L. Cunningham, Adam Duininck, Edward Reynoso, John Doan, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, Jon Commers, Steven T. Chavez, Wendy Wulff
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chapter 137, Art. 2, Sec. 9, Subd. (c)
Appropriation Language

(c) $1,000,000 the first year and $1,000,000 the second year are for metropolitan regional groundwater planning to achieve water supply reliability and sustainability, including determination of a sustainable regional balance of surface water and groundwater, a feasibility assessment of potential solutions to rebalance regional water use and identify potential solutions to address emerging subregional water supply issues such as the northeast metro, and development of an implementation plan that addresses regional targets and timelines and defines short- and medium-term milestones for achieving the desirable surface water and groundwater regional balance. By January 15, 2014, the commissioner shall submit an interim report on the expenditure of this appropriation to the chairs and ranking minority members of the house of representatives and senate committees and divisions with jurisdiction over environment and natural resources finance and policy and the clean water fund.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$100,000
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2015 Fiscal Year Proposed Measurable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

• Potable water use at the stadium is reduced by approximately 450,000 gallons per year
• Supported the adoption of rainwater harvesting components to the plumbing code
• Hundreds of thousands of CHS Field visitors can learn about rainwater harvesting
• Stormwater discharge to the Mississippi River is reduced

Recipient Board Members
Adam Duininck (Chair), Katie Rodriguez, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Deb Barber, Steve Elkins, Gail Dorfman, Gary L. Cunningham, Cara Letofsky, Edward Reynoso, Marie McCarthy, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, Jon Commers, Steven T. Chávez and Wendy Wulff
Project Overview

The Metropolitan Council and City of Saint Paul cooperated on a rainwater harvesting and reuse system in downtown Saint Paul. Rainwater from the northern half (2 acres) of the roof at the new Metro Transit Green Line Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF) is captured using a modified version of the existing OMF rainwater collection system. The existing collection system was re-designed to convey rainwater to the new Lowertown Ballpark, home of the Saint Paul Saints, where uses include ball field irrigation and toilet flushing. In addition to reducing potable water use at the stadium, this project diverts hundreds of thousands of gallons of water annually that would otherwise drain to the Mississippi River.

Project Manager
First Name
Brian
Last Name
Davis
Organization Name
Metropolitan Council
Phone
(651) 602-1519
Email
brian.davis@metc.state.mn.us