Twin Cities Metropolitan Regional Groundwater Planning

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$164,398
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$372,870
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$94,371
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,396
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$177,629
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
July 2012
End Date
June 2018
Activity Type
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Anoka
Carver
Dakota
Hennepin
Ramsey
Scott
Washington
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.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$164,398
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$164,398
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project proposes to support the determination of a sustainable regional balance of surface water and groundwater, to assess the feasibility potential solutions to rebalance regional water use and to identify potential solutions to address emerging subregional water supply issues, and to develop an implementation plan for achieving the desireable surface water and groundwater regional balance.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

Recipient Board Members
Adam Duininck (Chair), Katie Rodriguez, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Deb Barber, Steve Elkins, Gail Dorfman, Gary Cunningham, Cara Letofsky, Edward Reynoso, Marie McCarthy, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, John Commers, Wendy Wulff
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota 2015 Session Law Ch. 2, Art. 2, Sec. 9
Appropriation Language

$975,000 the first year and $975,000 the second year are to implement projects that address emerging drinking water supply threats, provide cost-effective regional solutions, leverage interjurisdictional coordination, support local implementation of water supply reliability projects, and prevent degradation of groundwater resources in the metropolitan area. These projects will provide to communities: 1) potential solutions to leverage regional water use through utilization of surface water, storm water, wastewater, and groundwater; 2) an analysis of infrastructure requirements for different alternatives; 3) development of planning level cost estimates, including capital cost and operation cost; 4) identification of funding mechanisms and an equitable cost-sharing structure for regionally beneficial water supply development projects; and 5) development of subregional groundwater models. $250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for the water demand reduction grant program to encourage implementation of water demand reduction measures by municipalities in the metropolitan area to ensure the reliability and protection of drinking water supplies.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$372,870
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$372,870
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2012 Fiscal Year Proposed Measurable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

Recipient Board Members
Adam Duininck (Chair), Katie Rodriguez, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Deb Barber, Steve Elkins, Gail Dorfman, Gary Cunningham, Cara Letofsky, Edward Reynoso, Marie McCarthy, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, John Commers, 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
$94,371
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$94,371
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2012 Fiscal Year Proposed Measurable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

Recipient Board Members
Adam Duininck (Chair), Katie Rodriguez, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Deb Barber, Steve Elkins, Gail Dorfman, Gary Cunningham, Cara Letofsky, Edward Reynoso, Marie McCarthy, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, John Commers, Wendy Wulff
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chapter 312, Art. 14, Sec. 5
Appropriation Language

$400,000 in 2015 from the clean water fund is to develop a plan for the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area and to predesign preferred long-term solutions to address regional water supply and sustainability issues, including enhancing surface waters, in collaboration with the commissioner of natural resources. The plan, incorporating standard engineering practices, must address construction, operation, and maintenance of infrastructure needed to implement the preferred solutions and, in consultation with the Public Facilities Authority, include recommendations for funding that would fairly allocate the costs to users and other beneficiaries. As the plan is developed, the council must meet periodically with the local water supply work group to review details of the plan. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2015. $100,000 in 2015 from the clean water fund is to investigate, in collaboration with the Board of Water and Soil Resources and the Pollution Control Agency, the feasibility of collecting and treating storm water in the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area to enhance surface waters and groundwater recharge. $50,000 in 2015 from the clean water fund is to partner with the University of Minnesota’s Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MNTAP) to identify opportunities for industrial water users to reduce or reuse their water consumption within the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$29,396
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$29,396
Administration costs
$0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2012 Fiscal Year Proposed Measurable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

Recipient Board Members
Adam Duininck (Chair), Katie Rodriguez, Lona Schreiber, Jennifer Munt, Deb Barber, Steve Elkins, Gail Dorfman, Gary Cunningham, Cara Letofsky, Edward Reynoso, Marie McCarthy, Sandy Rummel, Harry Melander, Richard Kramer, John Commers, Wendy Wulff
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, Chapter 2, Art. 2, Sec. 9, Subd. (a)
Appropriation Language

(a) $975,000 the first year and $975,000 the second year are to implement projects that address emerging drinking water supply threats, provide cost-effective regional solutions, leverage interjurisdictional coordination, support local implementation of water supply reliability projects, and prevent degradation of groundwater resources in the metropolitan area. These projects will provide to communities:

(1) potential solutions to leverage regional water use through utilization of surface water, storm water, wastewater, and groundwater;

(2) an analysis of infrastructure requirements for different alternatives;

(3) development of planning level cost estimates, including capital cost and operation cost;

(4) identification of funding mechanisms and an equitable cost-sharing structure for regionally beneficial water supply development projects; and

(5) development of subregional groundwater models.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$177,629
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$177,629
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
1
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2012 Fiscal Year Proposed Measurable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

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

In 2005, Metropolitan Council was directed to carry out regional water supply planning activities under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565. Working closely with the region's many water supply stakeholders and under the guidance of both policy and a technical water supply advisory committees, Metropolitan Council supports regional groundwater planning and analysis in order to respond to emerging regional water supply issues and achieve sustainable water supplies.

Project Manager
First Name
Ali
Last Name
Elhassan
Organization Name
Metropolitan Council
Street Address
390 Robert Street North
City
Saint Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55101
Phone
(651) 602-1066
Email
ali.elhassan@metc.state.mn.us