00-0281R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING CITY TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FOR A GRANT FROM THE COASTAL MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE GRANT PROGRAM IN THE AMOUNT OF $43,000 FOR A WATERSHED STUDY OF OREGON CREEK AND AUTHORIZING EXPENDITURE OF LOCAL MATCHING FUNDS.

BY COUNCILOR ECKENBERG:

WHEREAS, the stormwater utility has developed a work plan for a pilot watershed study of Oregon Creek as part of the development of a surface water management plan for the city of Duluth; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth is in the process of selecting a consultant for developing the surface water management plan; and

WHEREAS the pilot watershed study is an essential review component for developing policy and procedures for the plan; and

WHEREAS, the state of Minnesota, through the Minnesota department of natural resources, division of waters, administers financial assistance for coastal management purposes, through Minnesota's Lake Superior coastal program; and

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth desires financial assistance from the coastal management assistance program for the purpose of performing the watershed study of Oregon Creek.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to prepare and submit a grant application to the Minnesota department of natural resources in an amount of $43,000 for a 50 percent federal share of funding for the Oregon Creek watershed study.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are authorized to execute any and all grant agreements necessary for the implementation of said grant and that the city of Duluth does agree to provide local matching funds of $43,000 from Fund 535, Org. 0585, Obj. 5303 if the grant is awarded.  Such funds shall be deposited into Fund 535, Balance Sheet 2740.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:   The stormwater utility has just completed a needs assessment for the development of a surface water management plan for the city of Duluth.  The plan will be a tool for assisting in:
(1)  Planning for improvement and repair of existing infrastructure;

(2)  Maintaining and improving the quality of surface waters in Duluth;

(3)  Meeting compliance requirements for the city including the development of a Phase II NPDES stormwater permit.

In order to develop an appropriate surface water management plan for the city, studies must be undertaken of the watersheds within the community.  Oregon Creek was recommended as a pilot study because its developed watershed and location can serve as a model for other similar watersheds.  Determinations can be made of needs in other similar watersheds based on the results of this study.  Consultants estimate that the survey, including field work and modeling, will cost $86,000.  The grant will provide 50 percent of the funding for the required study with a 50 percent local match.  The DNR reviewed this proposal in a pre-application and determined that it fits the criteria of the coastal management assistance.  The coastal management assistance program is a federal program administered by the state DNR division of waters.