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MCWD Participates in Stormwater Adaptation Study

Public forum planned May 15 in St. Louis Park
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Water flooding a bike path

(Deephaven, MN) - The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in partnership with the Cities of Minneapolis and Victoria, is participating in a two-year study of Minnesota's changing weather and what it may mean to metro communities and how they manage stormwater runoff. A key component of the project is community input which is getting underway this month at a special forum. The Are We Ready? Forum is planned from 6:30-8:30pm Tuesday, May 15 at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center. 

Climate research, current weather patterns and projected trends show a significant increase in both the frequency and severity of rain events across Minnesota. This study will look at how these events could affect flooding potential, local water bodies and stormwater infrastructure and how they might impact land uses and development patterns. In addition to scientific analysis, this project also includes a participatory planning process to help inform local decision makers as they determine how to create effective stormwater adaptation plans for their communities. 

Working with community leaders across the Minnehaha Creek watershed, the study will:

  1. examine rainfall and land use trends within the watershed,
  2. use that information to evaluate existing stormwater management systems,
  3. identify ways to adapt our systems to climate change and associated costs, and
  4. facilitate a community-led planning process to help develop local stormwater adaptation plans.

Community leaders from across the watershed are invited to take part in study, which will focus on the capacity of stormwater management in a fully developed city (Minneapolis) and one that is still developing (Victoria).  Their participation will ensure the scope and direction of the research addresses local needs, provide valuable data and information on available adaptation options and help prepare communities across the Minnehaha Creek watershed for more frequent extreme weather events.                                                                         

Work groups will be formed at the Are We Ready? Forum and will meet periodically to consider priority stormwater management issues that were identified at the forum.  They'll share findings and strategies at community workshops and a second forum during the winter of 2013.

Project partners include Syntectic International LLC, Antioch University New England, the University of Minnesota and Stratus Consulting.  The research, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is the fourth in a series of studies on helping communities adapt stormwater infrastructure to climate change. 

Visit the study page on the MCWD website.