04-0407R

RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING A GRANT FROM THE NATURE CONSERVANCY IN THE AMOUNT OF $23,000 AND AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY TO PROVIDE SERVICES RELATED TO YEAR 2 OF THE STREAM ASSESSMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF $23,000.

BY COUNCILLOR GILBERT:

RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into a grant agreement substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ___________, with The Nature Conservancy pursuant to which The Nature Conservancy agrees to grant the city $23,000 to be used to conduct the second phase of a stream assessment, said funds to be deposited into Fund 0210.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the proper city officials are hereby authorized to enter into an agreement substantially in the form of that on file in the office of the city clerk as Public Document No. ___________, in the amount of $23,000, with the United States geological survey (USGS) pursuant to which USGS will conduct the second phase of the stream assessment and will match the $23,000 being funded under this agreement, said city funding to be payable from Fund 0210.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution continues the partnership between the city, the Nature Conservancy and the United States Geological Survey ("USGS") to continue the stream assessment begun in 2003 which will be used in the evaluation process of the Duluth natural areas program. The stream assessment focuses on physical features of stream channels in order to understand the extent to which natural and human-made factors may affect the stability of these streams. This is necessary in order for the city to fully implement the Duluth natural areas program.

In 2003, the Nature Conservancy granted the city $20,000 which the city used to match an equal investment from the USGS which funded the first phase of assessment by USGS. The progress of the assessment is detailed in USGS's Year 2 Work Plan attached to the USGS agreement.