04-0004R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO APPLY FOR AND ACCEPT A GRANT FROM THE MINNESOTA DNR IN THE AMOUNT OF $45,580 TO EXPAND THE REGIONAL EDUCATION OUTREACH OF THE WEBSITE, DULUTHSTREAMS.ORG.

BY COUNCILOR STOVER:

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 in conjunction with the regional stormwater protection team and the Duluth streams partnership desires financial assistance from the coastal management assistance program for the purposes of employing the services of university of Minnesota staff from the natural resources research institute, Minnesota sea grant, to expand and enhance the duluthstreams.org web site as part of the stormwater education program.

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 $45,580 for said web site improvement.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the proper city officers are authorized to act as legal sponsor of said grant, to accept said grant if tendered by the Minnesota department of natural resources, to execute any documents required to be executed to accept such grant and to obligate up to $18,000 in matching funds, payable from Fund 0535, Division 1915, Object 5441, and in addition, in-kind match to be provided by WLSSD, city staff, NRRI, UMD and RSPT partners in the amount of $39,270.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution is for approval to apply for and accept grant funding to provide additional support for maintaining and expanding the regional education outreach of the duluthstreams.org web site.

The site originally funded by an EPA EMPACT star grant provides real time data from three streams in Duluth and a variety of curriculum and public information on the ecological, recreational and cultural aspects of the streams. The project supports the city's stormwater permit and allows for high quality educational outreach.

The proposal will allow the web site to expand and reach a broader audience and enhance the regional stormwater protection team efforts.