SW004 Implementation of US EPA Storm Water Regs

Project Detail:

Project Start Date: 1/1/22

Ongoing Program: Y

Submitting Department: Public Works

Contact Person: Elizabeth Stout

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/31/27

Department Priority: 2 of 6

Contact Phone Number: 612-673-5284

Website: TBD

Project Location:

Address: Citywide

City Sector: Citywide

Affected Neighborhoods: Citywide

Affected Wards: All

Description of Location

Project Description:

This program will allow the implementation of individual projects typically referred to as Best Management Practices (BMPs) designed to mitigate the pollution effects of urbanization on stormwater runoff. Structural BMPs are capital improvement projects such as bio-infiltration basins, tree trenches, raingardens, and other types of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI), whereas non-structural BMPs are practices and programs such as street sweeping and system maintenance activities. Projects under this program would be opportunities to construct BMPs focused on water quality that cannot otherwise be coordinated within other programs like flood mitigation or paving project requirements.

GSI practices help to mitigate the impacts from climate change such as an increase in flooding and urban heat island impacts. Mitigating these impacts also helps the city advance racial equity. The impacts of climate change are dispoportionally born by communities of color and are a factor in environmental injustice. The projects completed under this program improve the runoff being discharged to the lakes, streams, and Mississippi River, help to increase urban greening and reduce urban heat island impacts, and help minimize flood impacts in the City of Minneapolis.

Purpose and Justification:

The primary purpose for this project is to assist the City in complying with National Pollutant Discharge Elimination system (NPDES) Stormwater Management requirements. The objective of these requirements is to improve the overall water quality of our receiving surface waters.

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Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?

In progress

Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

The City has previously received grants from watershed organizations to further projects under this program and will continue to pursue similar opportunities as they're available.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (MPRB) is a co-permittee with the City of Minneapolis on the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. The watershed organizations have multiple roles with the carrying out of NPDES requirements within the city. These partners are variously involved with the planning, implementation and additional funding of projects utilizing this fund.


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans, including specific policy references:

Goal 11 - Clean environment: In 2040, Minneapolis will have healthy air, clean water, and a vibrant ecosystem. (Policy 72:Sustainable Water System Management, Policy 73:Stormwater Management, Policy 74:Integration of Water Management into Development)

Goal 10 - Climate change resilience: In 2040, Minneapolis will be resilient to the effects of climate change and diminishing natural resources, and will be on track to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. (Policy 72:Sustainable Water System Management, Policy 73:Stormwater Management, Policy 74:Integration of Water Management into Development)

This project is consistent with planning and policy guidelines set forth in the City’s comprehensive plan Minneapolis 2040

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Location and Design Review for this project took place on May 4, 2009. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base? Include detail here.

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Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

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Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

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Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

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Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

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Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? New

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 25 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? TBD

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? TBD

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: N/A

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Construction of new stormwater BMPs may require additional maintenance costs, which would be paid for through the Stormwater Utility enterprise fund. Maintenance costs are highly dependent on the BMP selected.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Any increase would be paid from the Stormwater Utility enterprise fund.

For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

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Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

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If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

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Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

There is some flexibility among years, although it is most effective to have the consistent program amount available each year without gaps.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

Work collaboratively between City departments to ensure utility budgets are adequately funded to maintain aging infrastructure systems

Prioritize and reserve the City’s sanitary and storm sewer capacity for its intended purpose and prohibit groundwater or other waste streams from entering the storm or sanitary sewer infrastructure unless the City gives approval.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

Use hydraulic and water quality models and data about infrastructure condition and risks to prioritize and inform investments in sanitary and storm infrastructure.

Continue work to reduce risk of overflows from the historically connected sewers and work to reduce infiltration and inflow into the city’s sanitary sewer system through infrastructure improvements.

Consider climate forecasts in stormwater feasibility and modeling work to inform infrastructure investments.

Explore the impacts of flooding on public safety, the protection of property, public infrastructure and the environment.

Improve the tree canopy and urban forest.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Manage and design transportation infrastructure with a priority on water quality through the reduction of stormwater runoff and pollutants including road salt.

Maximize the use of public property to meet flood mitigation and water quality goals via green infrastructure and other stormwater best management practices

Use infiltration best practices and bio-infiltration to reduce stormwater impacts on surface waters.

Encourage and require reductions in amounts of impervious surfaces. Pilot and promote permeable surface solutions as alternatives to impervious surfaces.

Additional Information

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