01-0765R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE PROPER CITY OFFICERS TO ACCEPT A $351,999 GRANT FROM THE U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY FOR AN ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING FOR PUBLIC ACCESS AND COMMUNITY TRACKING PROGRAM TO MONITOR AND COLLECT DATA ABOUT STREAMS IN DULUTH.

BY COUNCILOR FENA:

        WHEREAS, in Resolution 01-0109 the Duluth City Council authorized a memorandum of understanding between the city of Duluth, the Minnesota pollution control agency, the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the University of Minnesota Sea Grant, and Apprise Technologies, Inc., as a prerequisite to a grant application to the U.S. environmental protection agency to monitor and study streams running through Duluth and to disseminate the information to the public; and

        WHEREAS, the U.S. environmental protection agency has considered said grant application and is willing to fund the project in an amount of $351,999;

        NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the proper city officers are authorized to execute a grant agreement in the form of the document filed with this resolution as Public Document No. ___, with the United States environmental protection agency for a environmental monitoring for public access and community tracking (EMPACT) program to monitor and collect and disseminate data about streams located in the city of Duluth.

        RESOLVED FURTHER, that all monies received under this grant be deposited in Special Project Fund 0210, Agency 030, Org. 2141, Revenue Source 4210.



STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution authorizes the execution of a grant agreement with the federal EPA for an EMPACT grant of $351,999 authorizing a joint effort by the city, MPCA, WLSSD, UMD, sea grant, and Apprise Technologies to monitor and study streams running through Duluth and disseminate the information to the public. Only cities are eligible for this grant so the city is acting as a fiscal and project manager for the project. A 10% local match is required, which would come from various sources among the partners. The city's portion of the match will 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. It is anticipated that the city will subcontract with UMD and UMD will, in turn, sub-subcontract with the remaining project participants.