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  Friends of Bass Lake

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Position 6 Basin Ecology

The following techniques are used in our neighboring cities and are readily available to St. Louis Park. Water management of the sub-watershed also offers benefits such as the harvesting of rainwater and runoff for uses not requiring potable water, for example irrigation, street washing, and ice making.

Some examples of water management practices in use in the Twin Cities Metro Area are described below and their potential benefits to our City considered.


SURFACE WATER MANAGEMENT PROJECTS FOR ST. LOUIS PARK

             & COMPARABLE COMPLETED PROJECTS IN NEARBY CITIES

 

1.  Stormwater capture and reuse

The combined Wolfe Lake drainage and the Excelsior Boulevard section of the Bass Lake stormwater collection system offer large quantities of water at a location where it could be used for ice rinks and irrigation.    

            Example:  CHS FIELD        St. Paul          2015                                                                           CHS Corporation (formerly Cenex) funded a new baseball field for St. Paul.  The          very large building housing the Green Line LRT Maintenance facility adjacent to           the field was adapted to collect rooftop rain runoff for used at CHS Field.

            Features:  use of harvested rainwater for irrigation and toilets 

            Engineers:  Solution Blue, St. Paul, MN.  with Rainwater Management Solutions, Salem, VA.

            Link:     www.capitolregionwd.org/our-work/water-resource-improvement-projects/chs-field/

 

2.  Zero runoff design

St. Louis Park residential areas such as Elmwood and          now drain across Highway 100 into Bass Lake.  Much of this water could be retained within the neighborhoods.

            Example:  Inver Grove Heights      new development    2013

            Features:  All surface water retained on site; 100 year flood volume control           achieved with Limited Impact Design.  Stormwater management system cost was less than 1/3 of traditional underground pipe system.

            Engineers: Emmons & Olivier Resources

            Link:  state.awra.org/wisconsin/2013meeting/Session2A1Emmons.pdf                                           www.bulletin-news.com/activities/2015/08/23/new-inver-grove-heights

 

            Example:   Central St. Paul District           2015

            Features:  Zero runoff retrofit to established neighborhood, with captured rainwater for irrigation of an athletic field

            Engineers: Emmons & Olivier Resources

            Link:  not yet online at 4/1/2016

 

3.  Lake Protection and Wetland restoration:

 

            Example:  Loeb Lake & Willow Reserve    St. Paul        2012

            Features:

            Engineers:  Applied Ecological Services, Prior Lake, MN

            Link:   www.capitolregionwd.org/our-work/water-resource-improvement-projects/willow-reserve-restoration-plan/  

            www.capitolregionwp.org/wpcontent/uploads/2012/09/LLWRMPAApproved..pdf 

 

 

            Example:  Pamela Park Restoration         Edina 2001

            Features:

            Link:  www.minnehahacreek.org/project/pamela-park-wetland-restoration-project