Targeting Faith Organizations for Water Quality Improvement
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.
Paul Ellefson - President, Robert Johnson - Secretary, Pamela Skinner - Treasurer, Marj Ebensteiner, Jen Oknich
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
Six Community Partners Grant Projects
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
The source of additional funds varies from project to project, but generally consists of federal, local and non-public sources.