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Water World: Climate Conquered

Posted By MNLA eNews, Monday, October 28, 2019
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Green Infrastructure Project Blends Public Art and An Environmental Message

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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As Floods Increase, Cities Like Detroit Are Looking to Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, May 28, 2019
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University of Minnesota campus showcases stormwater ingenuity

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, April 16, 2019
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2018 Construction stormwater general permit in effect

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, November 6, 2018

The MPCA issued the 2018 NPDES/SDS General Construction Stormwater permit on August 1, 2018; see the Construction stormwater web page for complete details. Anyone submitting an application after August 1 will be covered under the revised permit. Those currently covered under the 2013 permit can continue to follow it until the project is complete, but must update their SWPPP to reflect the new requirements if the project continues past February 2020. There is no need to reapply for permit coverage.

What’s new?

The permit has a new, easier-to-read format with fewer pages. The requirements have not altered significantly; notable changes include:

  • Permittees no longer need to wait seven days for permit coverage on projects that don't require review. Coverage is effective once payment is received.   
  • Permittees will receive a copy of the permit instead of a coverage card after application.
  • The definition for “contractor” on the application has been clarified to mean the general contractor with operational control over the entire project on behalf of the owner, and not a subcontractor.
  • Permittees must first consider a volume-reduction practice, such as infiltration, for permanent stormwater treatment. The permit also clarifies that wet sediment basins and filtration systems are not volume-reduction practices.
  • Testing is required on the site of a permanent stormwater system to verify whether infiltration is prohibited for one of the reasons in the permit.
  • The permit clarifies that redundant sediment controls installed near surface waters need to be spaced five feet apart, and that sediment controls must be installed at the base of soil piles.

A full description of changes to the permit can be found here.

Tags:  irrigation  MPCA  permiting  stormwater management  water management 

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Former Ford Plant: Analyzing Alternatives for Managing Stormwater

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, August 3, 2018
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Soaking Up Runoff Problems

Posted By MNLA eNews, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
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The Twin Cities Versus the Invaders from Planet Earth

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, October 27, 2017

How Minneapolis and St. Paul are handling invasive species that affect water quality.


Tags:  Forester Network  invasive species  irrigation  stormwater management  water management  water quality 

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Freshwater Society Recruiting Master Water Stewards

Posted By MNLA eNews, Friday, July 21, 2017

Freshwater Society developed the Master Water Stewards (MWS) program in 2013 to equip citizens with the knowledge and skills needed to help improve water quality at the grassroots level. 

Master Water Stewards are certified by participating in a broad training curriculum led by experts in the fields of hydrology, stormwater management, water policy, community-based social marketing, and rain garden assessment and installation. They must complete a capstone project that captures rainfall and allows more water to soak into the ground, and lead a community outreach event. Stewards then become a point of knowledge and influence in their communities.


Master Water Stewards volunteer 50 hours of community service in their initial year of certification, at least 25 hours each subsequent year, and attend eight hours of continuing education to maintain their certification. To date, stewards have accomplished a tremendous amount through their service.

They have:

  • Connected with thousands of people through outreach and educational events
  • Installed or planned more than 83 projects, including rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, a dry creek bed, and a permeable driveway
  • Prevented well over 1.2 million gallons of polluted stormwater runoff from entering our lakes, rivers, and creeks each year! In the process these efforts remove silt, leaves and plant material, animal waste, automobile gas and oil spillage, excess salt, and other debris from our neighborhoods.

To learn more, citizens can visit

About Freshwater Society

Freshwater Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and inspiring people to value, conserve, and protect water resources. and  

Tags:  stormwater management  water management 

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