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Stormwater Management Budgets 2014

Here are some of the numbers that reflect dollar amounts going towards stormwater management.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

“The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency authorized budget for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 is $383.1 million. The sources of funding for the MPCA’s spending over the next two fiscal years come from six fund categories as illustrated in the graph below. Dollars allocated to the agency from the Clean Water Amendment are represented by the Clean Water fund category. ”

FY2014-15 Budgeted expenditures by fund: $383.1M

FY2014-2015 Budgeted expenditures by fund: $383.1

 

Full Page found at MPCA

What happens when you deplete an aquifer?

Areas all over the county are scrambling to reset the public’s mindset on water needs. Many cities have depleted their aquifers and ran their wells dry.  In a article by Judy Keen she writes that according to Ali Elhassan, water supply planning manager for the Metropolitan Council “water levels in  lakes, including Turtle Lake in Shoreview, have diminished, he says, and in 2007 three of Chanhassen’s 11 municipal wells went dry. “White Bear Lake is a symptom of the bigger problem,”

Solving the problem is necessary both to ensure a stable supply of water and to guarantee that the area remains a desirable destination for economic development.

For full article follow the link

White Bear Lake drying up: symptom of an emerging metro-area water problem

By Judy Keen | 10/08/13
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What is Nonpoint Source Pollution?

The Environmental Protection Agency lists NSP as

“Nonpoint source pollution generally results from land runoff, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, drainage, seepage or hydrologic modification. The term “nonpoint source” is defined to mean any source of water pollution that does not meet the legal definition of “point source” in section 502(14) of the Clean Water Act. That definition states:

The term “point source” means any discernible, confined and discrete conveyance, including but not limited to any pipe, ditch, channel, tunnel, conduit, well, discrete fissure, container, rolling stock, concentrated animal feeding operation, or vessel or other floating craft, from which pollutants are or may be discharged. This term does not include agricultural storm water discharges and return flows from irrigated agriculture.”

Full page information at EPA.gov

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Stormwater Program for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4)

Find all information at Minnesota Pollution Control

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U of M Erosion Control and Stormwater Management Certification Program

Click on  the the picture to link to the University of Minnesota’s Certification Programs for 2013-2014

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Stormwater Grant Information

Funding Opportunities from the EPA

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Honored and Proud to be a Finalist in the Minnesota cup

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