04-0696R


RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AN AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA 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 website as part of the stormwater education program.

     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. __________ with the Regents of the University of Minnesota, department of natural resources, in an amount of $45,580 for said web site improvement; said sum to be payable from Fund 0535, Agency 500, Organization 1915, Object 5439.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution is to authorize an agreement with the university of Minnesota through the NRRI to provide additional support for maintaining and expanding the regional education outreach of the duluthstreams.org website.


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.