01-0109R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICERS TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH THE MINNESOTA POLLUTION CONTROL AGENCY; THE WESTERN LAKE SUPERIOR SANITARY DISTRICT; THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA-DULUTH NATURAL RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION; UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA SEA GRANT; AND APPRISE TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AS A PREREQUISITE TO THE APPLICATION FOR A U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY "ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING FOR PUBLIC ACCESS AND COMMUNITY TRACKING" GRANT TO MONITOR AND COLLECT DATA ABOUT STREAMS IN DULUTH.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

        RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are authorized to execute a memorandum of understanding, substantially in the form as the document filed with this resolution as Public Document No. ___________________, with the Minnesota pollution control agency, the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, the University of Minnesota-Duluth Natural Resources Research Institute and department of education, the University of Minnesota sea grant, and Apprise Technologies, Inc., as part of a grant application for a United States environmental protection agency "Environmental Monitoring for Public Access and Community Tracking" (EMPACT) grant to monitor and collect and disseminate data about streams located in the city of Duluth.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes the signing of a memorandum of understanding as part of a grant application for a federal EPA EMPACT grant authorizing a joint effort by the City, MPCA, WLSSD, UMD, sea grant, and Apprise Technologies to monitor and study the 42 streams running through Duluth and disseminate the information to the public. A number of metropolitan areas compete for these grants, which for our area could be as much as $400,000 over two years. Only cities are eligible as grant recipients so the city would receive the grant and act as the fiscal and project manager. A 10% local match is required, which would come from various sources among the partners. It is anticipated that the city's portion of the match would be an in-kind contribution of manpower and equipment. The information gained through the project would be valuable to the city for many water quality and planning issues, including the federal NPDES phase II storm water permit, storm water utility planning, and erosion control monitoring. Besides a draft memorandum of understanding, a memo from Rick Axler of UMD's Natural Resources Research Institute is attached to supply further information about the potential grant.