BY COUNCILOR STOVER:
RESOLVED, that SYSTECH Engineering, Inc., be and hereby is awarded a contract for professional services to review, analyze and model surface waters in the city of Duluth to comply with the MS4 nondegradation requirements mandated in the June 1, 2006, revisions of the city’s MS4 stormwater NPDES permit in accordance with its proposal in the estimated amount of $150,000, payable from Sewer Fund 535, Agency 500, Organization 1930, Object 5303; City Project Number 0530ST.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: This resolution will authorize a professional services contract with SYSTECH Engineering, Inc., to conduct research, analysis, pollutant modeling and reporting to comply with the revised MPCA MS4 NPDES stormwater permit. The application of a watershed model requires expertise. SYSTECH is familiar with the previously proprietary model that was used within the western Lake Superior basin. Selecting a firm with knowledge of the basin and familiarity with the modeling program is more cost-effective. For these reasons a request for proposal was not performed. As a state designated mandatory MS4 the city of Duluth is required to analyze all city surface waters and to complete a nondegradation plan to achieve 1988 water quality levels. The revised MS4 permit requires this work to be complete by September 2007.