This project will accelerate production of County Geologic Atlases (part A). This is a set of geologic maps and associated databases for a county that facilitate informed management of natural resources, especially water and minerals.
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.
At Lilydale Regional Park, completion of construction work started in 2009 with a FY 2010 Parks and Trails Fund Grant and new design/engineering/construction documents for picnic shelter, lake picnic area and middle section road re-alignment including utilities and lighting.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve. Complete Winter Recreation Area development that was started with FY 2010 Parks and Trails Fund grant including: plan winter recreation area project, develop or re-develop recreation facilities to accommodate evening use, install lighting for ski trails and site, develop roads and parking lot, remodel or replace barn for use as a trailhead, and provide signage and other amenities to enhance park visitor's experience
At Bald Eagle-Otter Lakes Regional Park, complete 2 acre Nature Play Area and 1 acre Children's Garden (including garden house for multi-purpose programs) at Tamarack Nature Center that was started with the FY 2010 Parks and Trails Fund grant and other funds.
Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, Above the Falls Regional Park. Conduct a design competition to develop a next generation park master plan for the Minneapolis Riverfront Regional Parks at an estimated cost of $350,000. And complete initial planning and engineering documents for restoration and development of the Mill Ruins Park Headrace facilities in Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park at an estimated cost of $212,000. MRPB staff will be working with the Met Council staff to update this scope of service, with confirmation of the scope change in July 2011.
Battle Creek Regional Park, construct 1-mile paved off-road bicycle and pedestrian trail on the north side of Lower Afton Road, from Pt Douglas Rd to McKnight Road. Links the regional trail system to communities including Maplewood and Woodbury.
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.
Build ADA compliant, year round, multi-purpose, paved trail and boardwalk around Empire Lake; Construct 2 camper cabins; Improve/replace Empire Lake dike outlet; Install benches & site furnishings; landscaping and MP-approved improvements. Includes design, engineering, construction & construction administration.
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been decimating ash throughout the Great Lake States and is currently advancing into Minnesota, threatening the future of the ash forests that occur across much of the state. Of particular concern is the impact EAB will have on the ecology and functioning of black ash swamps, which cover over one million acres in Minnesota and represent the state’s most common ash forest type. Black ash trees grow and thrive in swamps and occupy a unique wet niche where few other tree species grow.
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.
Working with Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, Camp Dresser & McKee (CDM) evaluated the feasibility of using stormwater runoff for irrigation and other purposes that traditionally rely on potable water. Effective implementation of stormwater reuse practices can lower demands on drinking water supplies and reduce impacts from aquifer decline, while simultaneously reducing mass loading of pollutants to surface waters.
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.