On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, Barr Engineering Company was contracted to assess the local water resources in the City of East Bethel area, where the city and Metropolitan Council are working closely to design a water reclamation and reuse facility intended to treat wastewater generated by future growth. This project evaluated plans for land use, water and sewers using a local groundwater flow model to identify potential risks to high-value water resources.
In cooperation with the City of St. Paul, update the joint Master Plan for Phalen-Keller Regional Park. The updated master plan will identify and prioritize future capital projects for the regional park that will enhance visitor services.
Contract with Minnesota Conservation Corps to complete native plantings, shoreline restoration, and invasive plant control. Additional crews will enhance resource preservation and restoration program, limiting invasive growth and protect vital resource areas.
On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, Environmental Financial Group Inc. generated a matrix of water conservation programs with detailed information about the costs and benefits of the programs. Tools were also developed to allow users to calculate potential water savings, estimate program implementation costs, and test the effects of various water conservation programs and rate structures.
Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, redevelop Boom Island & BF Nelson picnic area, including playground replacement, bike and pedestrian trails, wading pool. Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, develop master plan. Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, construct playground. A?
Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Build Winter Recreation Area including plan winter recreation area, develop recreation facilities to accommodate evening use; install lighting for ski trails and site; develop roads and parking lot; remodel barn for use as a trailhead. A?
On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, Barr Engineering Company developed maps and supporting information to characterize the relationship between surface waters and groundwater, identifying surface waters most likely to be impacted by groundwater withdrawals in the region. This project also provided guidance on effective resource monitoring strategies and costs for each type of surface water feature.
On behalf of the Metropolitan Council, the Minnesota Geological Survey collected information and conducted an assessment of the hydraulic properties and chemistry of selected aquifers in the metro area. This project greatly improves the accessibility of existing data, which were previously available only in scattered paper reports. A robust database of groundwater age, aquifer hydraulic conductivity and groundwater chemistry data was developed to make the information easily accessible to water resource managers.
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 a metropolitan area water supply advisory committee, Metropolitan Council developed and adopted a metropolitan area master water supply plan (master plan) in 2010. The plan provides a framework for water supply planning and identifies actions needed to achieve the goal of ensuring sustainable water supplies across the region.
Up to $205,000 to match $1,729,000 of a Federal Transportation Enhancement grant, Transportation Enhancement ARRA funds and Carver County Regional Rail Authority funds for land acquisition, trail design, trail and trailhead construction of 6.9 mile segment of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail. Any remaining funds used to partially finance the match to a $1 million Federal Transportation Enhancement grant to design and construct a trail in Lake Minnewashta Regional Park and a trail underpass of Trunk Highway 41 that links to a City of Chanhassen trail.
The Twin Cities area is host to a nationally renowned system of regional parks that provides numerous outdoor recreational opportunities for the public while preserving green space for wildlife habitat. The Metropolitan Council is using this appropriation to partially finance the acquisition of approximately 195 acres to be added to existing metropolitan regional parks, with priority given to lands with shoreland, lands that provide important natural resource connections, and lands containing unique natural resources.
Planning and design for the start of renovation of Eastman Nature Center in Elm Creek Park Reserve. A? Provide additional classroom space and exhibit areas as well needed functional rehabilitation. A? Rehabilitation will allow for additional school and educational programs. A? More children will have opportunities to be connected to nature and experience park programs.
Prepare Blakeley Bluffs Park Reserve Acquisition Master Plan. A? This project would identify the proposed boundary for a 2,000 acre park reserve. A? The project would be conducted in partnership with stakeholders including local landowners, the Ney Nature Center, MN DNR, and US Fish and Wildlife.
At Lilydale Regional Park, phased implementation of adopted master plan focused on priority site work modifications necessary for future road and picnic shelter: site clearing, earthwork including rubble relocation, cut, fill, grading, technical assistance investigating possible contaminate cleanup and landscape restoration necessary for future middle section (Pickerel Lake Area) road re-alignment and site prep for picnic shelter/restroom facility.
At Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park start construction of two-acre nature play area and one-acre children's garden (including garden house for multi-purpose programs) at Tamarack Nature Center. A? Play area development to include rock climbing area, cascading play stream, stumps and hollows play area, sledding hill, arbor gathering, seating area, fencing, pathways and landscaping. A?
In cooperation with Ramsey County, update the joint Master Plan for Phalen-Keller Regional Park to respond to current facility conditions, demographics, regional recreation trends, and sustainable carrying capacity. A? Includes planning for Phalen and Round Lakes in St. Paul Park's jurisdiction and coordination with Ramsey County Park's plans for Keller and Spoon Lake Regional Park. A?See the Ramsey County Grant Project for the joint Master Plan