Stormwater Runoff Improvement along the Clearwater River
Stormwater along the Clearwater River add sediment, nutrients and organic material to this important tributary of the Red River of the North. Turbidity impairments caused by those sediments contribute to several environmental and economic problems including interfering with spawning habitat critical to Lake Sturgeon recovery in the Red River Watershed and increasing drinking water treatment costs for the city of East Grand Forks.
The Stormwater Runoff Improvement Project will be designed to manage the stormwater runoff from an impervious parking lot runoff, and roof runoff from a local church administration building and the church itself. Roof runoff from the administration building will be addressed through the installation of gutters and an outlet into a vegetated swale that improves water quality by infiltrating the first flush of storm water runoff and filtering the large storm flows they convey. The majority of annual precipitation comes from smaller rain events and the value of the swale comes from the filtrating and infiltrating nearly all of the stormwater runoff. A rain garden will treat the runoff from the parking lot and roof.
Please reference following link: http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/aboutbwsr/boarddirectory.pdf
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
Reduce Sediment by 40 tons/year.
The St. Joseph's Stormwater Runoff Project was completed in the fall of 2014. There were two rain gardens that were constructed to treat the runoff from the parking lot, and from the church and administrative building roofs. The project reduces sediment loading to the Clearwater River by 40 tons per year.
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.