Update of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Regional Recharge Model

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$16,549
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,308
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Metropolitan Council
Recipient Type
For-Profit Business/Entity
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
February 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Modeling
Counties Affected
Anoka
Carver
Chisago
Dakota
Hennepin
Isanti
Ramsey
Scott
Sherburne
Washington
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2011 (Special Session) Chp. 6 Art. 2 Sec. 9
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for implementation of the master water supply plan developed under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$16,549
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$16,549
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project proposes to update the Soil Water Balance (SWB) recharge model, which will improve the Metropolitan Council’s capability to accurately predict recharge in the eleven-county metropolitan area under different land use and climate scenarios. The recharge values generated by the SWB model will also support update of the regional groundwater flow model.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The update of the Soil Water Balance (SWB) recharge model improves the Metropolitan Council’s capability to accurately predict recharge in the eleven-county metropolitan area under different land use and climate scenarios.  The recharge values generated by the SWB model are currently being entered into the updated groundwater flow model.

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. 2011 (Special Session) Chp. 6 Art. 2 Sec. 9
Appropriation Language

$500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for implementation of the master water supply plan developed under Minnesota Statutes, section 473.1565.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$73,308
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$73,308
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2012 Fiscal Year Proposed Measureable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The update of the Soil Water Balance (SWB) recharge model improved the Metropolitan Council’s capability to accurately predict recharge in the eleven-county metropolitan area under different land use and climate scenarios. The recharge values generated by the SWB model also supported the update of the regional groundwater flow model, Metro Model 3.

Project Overview

Regional recharge modeling with the Twin Cities daily soil water balance (SWB) model has been a fundamental part of the Metropolitan Council’s groundwater flow modeling effort and supports the Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan. The SWB model is used to evaluate the impact of planned and potential land use and climate on recharge in the eleven-county metropolitan area, and supports the ongoing update of the regional groundwater flow model. Project objectives included: 1) incorporating new information into SWB recharge model; 2) expanding the extent of the SWB recharge model; 3) adding the capability to run predictive simulations with the SWB recharge model, and 5) evaluate SWB recharge model uncertainty. This data is currently being incorporated into the regional groundwater flow model.

Project Manager
First Name
Lanya
Last Name
Ross
Organization Name
Metropolitan Council
Street Address
390 Robert Street
City
Saint Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55119
Phone
(651) 602-1803
Email
Lanya.Ross@metc.state.mn.us