Targeting Faith Organizations for Water Quality Improvement

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
January 2013
End Date
December 2015
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District (RWMWD) is a largely developed area of the Twin Cities with an average impervious surface area of 34%. Faith organizations often have large impervious surface areas with little to no stormwater treatment on site. The goal of this project is to collaborate with faith organizations in high priority areas to implement stormwater volume reduction retrofit projects. High priority areas are defined as areas with limited to no stormwater treatment before reaching a water body and/or areas that drain to an impaired water.
This project will offer grant funds to faith organizations for projects that will intercept, treat, and infiltrate runoff that will reduce total phosphorus and total suspended solids to high priority areas within RWMWD. Projects will range from rain gardens to infiltration and filtration trenches, porous pavement, and tree trenches.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications

Paul Ellefson - President, Robert Johnson - Secretary, Pamela Skinner - Treasurer, Marj Ebensteiner, Jen Oknich

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 Disclosed
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)

Six Community Partners Grant Projects

Measurable Outcome(s)

This project resulted in estimated reductions of 8 lb. of phosphorus per year, 1 ton of sediment per year, and 8 acre-feet of stormwater volume

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
Paul Ellefson, Robert Johnson, Pamela Skinner, Marj Ebensteiner, Jen Oknich
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Ramsey-Washington Metro
Street Address
2665 Noel Drive
Little Canada
Zip Code
(651) 792-7950
Administered By
Administered by

520 Lafayette Road North
St. Paul, MN 55155

651- 296-3767