00-0815R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICERS TO APPLY FOR A $12,000 GRANT FROM THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES TO BE USED IN A TROUT STREAM TRIBUTARY MAPPING PROJECT.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

WHEREAS, the stormwater utility of the city of Duluth and the department of planning and development has developed a plan for mapping the tributaries of trout streams in Duluth; and

WHEREAS, the mapping project will address planning and development requirements and provide required information for the development of the surface water management plan and for development of a NPDES Phase II permit for the city of Duluth; 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 developing and pilot testing of the program.

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 $12,000 for a 60 percent federal share of funding for the trout stream tributary mapping project.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are authorized to execute any and all of the grant agreements necessary for the implementation of said grant and that the city of Duluth does agree to provide local matching funds of $8,000 from Fund 535, Org. 0585, Obj. 5303, if the grant is awarded. Such funds shall be deposited into Fund 535, Revenue Source 4230.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The city of Duluth contains 12 trout streams identified by the department of natural resources. These streams in many cases have tributaries which are not recorded on maps and may even be dry during periods of the year. In order to better plan for future development while protecting the quality of our watersheds the city needs to know with certainty the location of trout stream tributaries.

The proposed project will involve field work including walking the tributaries with GPS equipment to identify center line of the streams and location and size of tributaries entering the streams. The data collected will be digitized by the city GIS staff and be available and visible on both mapping used for the surface water management plan and implementation of the comprehensive plan.

The actual steps included in the project include:  rental (or use of purchased) GPS, training in use of GPS, design of valid field procedures and quality assurance (using CDM/SEH team currently under contract), field work for five weeks, digitizing data into city mapping system.