04-0206R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH MULTIPLE PARTIES TO ESTABLISH AN INTERAGENCY STORMWATER POLLUTION PREVENTION INITIATIVE.

BY COUNCILOR ATKINS:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are authorized to enter into a memorandum of understanding, a copy of which is on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ____________, with various state and local governmental authorities and related agencies to establish and implement an interagency stormwater pollution prevention initiative for the St. Louis river, the St. Louis River estuary and for southwestern Lake Superior by providing coordinated educational programs and technical assistance.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  The purpose of this resolution is to authorize the city to enter into a memorandum of understanding with a group of governmental related agencies with whom the city has been cooperating for some time to address regional stormwater run-off and related issues. This group, known as the "Regional Stormwater Protection Team" or "RSPT" consists of the cities of Duluth, Proctor, Hermantown, and Superior, St. Louis county, the townships of Duluth, Midway and Rice Lake, Mn/DOT, the MPCA, UMD, UWS, WLSSD, the South St. Louis County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee, University of Minnesota Sea Grant and Center for Water and the Environment of the NRRI.

The city has been working with the rest of the members of the RSPT for some time to develop an interagency stormwater pollution prevention initiative which would serve as a joint policy statement for all of the involved members regarding dealing with stormwater run-off. This memorandum of understanding is the result of that effort.

It should be noted that this document does not purport to create any legal obligations on the part of any of the parties thereto or to control the activities of the participants within their proper spheres of authority. It represents a statement of policy and a moral commitment to the other constituent groups as to how each member will treat issues related to stormwater run-off and pollution related to it.