Water Conservation Toolbox

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$54,694
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$42,006
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Metropolitan Council/CDM Smith
Recipient Type
For-Profit Business/Entity
Local/Regional Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
December 2013
End Date
June 2015
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Counties Affected
Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Beltrami
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Carlton
Carver
Cass
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Clearwater
Cook
Cottonwood
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Freeborn
Goodhue
Grant
Hennepin
Houston
Hubbard
Isanti
Itasca
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Koochiching
Lac qui Parle
Lake
Lake of the Woods
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pine
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Ramsey
Red Lake
Redwood
Renville
Rice
Rock
Roseau
Scott
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Statewide
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Wadena
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Wilkin
Winona
Wright
Yellow Medicine
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
$54,694
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$54,694
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

The final product will be a user-friendly web-based guide, including:• Justifications for conserving water, both financial and ethical• Conservation fact sheets and case studies• Financial calculators for water users and water suppliersPROPOSED OUTCOMES• Water users will have access to an online guidance toolbox to select the best water conservation practices, which will reduce per capita water use across the metro area• Guidance to address groundwater and surface water interaction issues is prepared• The feasibility of potential solutions to rebalance regional water use is assessed• Potential solutions to address emerging subregional water supply issues are identified

Measurable Outcome(s)

Outcomes will be reported at project completion.

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. 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.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$42,006
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$42,006
Administration costs
$0
Number of full time equivalents funded
0
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

See 2015 Fiscal Year Proposed Measurable Outcomes.

Measurable Outcome(s)

DELIVERABLES
The final product is a set of user-friendly web pages organized in a structure based on the Stormwater Reuse Guide, including:
• Justifications for conserving water, both financial and ethical
• Conservation fact sheets and case studies
• Financial calculators for water users and water suppliers

OUTCOMES
• Water users have access to an online guidance toolbox to select the best water conservation practices, which will help reduce per capita water use across the metro area
• Guidance to address groundwater and surface water interaction issues is prepared
• The feasibility of potential solutions to rebalance regional water use is assessed
• Potential solutions to address emerging subregional water supply issues are identified

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

The Metropolitan Council, in conjunction with CDM Smith and HKGi consultants, reorganized and expanded the water conservation tools on the water supply planning pages of the Metropolitan Council’s website. The revised toolbox was organized into an online, web-based guide format. These tools are supplemented with fact sheets and case studies that serve to educate and provide useful information to support water conservation programs and activities.

Project Manager
First Name
Brian
Last Name
Davis
Organization Name
Metropolitan Council
Phone
(651) 602-1519
Email
brian.davis@metc.state.mn.us