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Next Steps in Stormwater Adaptation Study Planned

Work Group Meeting and "Bake Off" to be held Jan 22. in Hopkins
Monday, January 14, 2013

(Deephaven, MN) - The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD), in partnership with the Cities of Minneapolis and Victoria, is hosting an event in Hopkins next week to present the latest findings of a two-year study of Minnesota's changing weather and the challenges it poses to how metro communities manage stormwater runoff. Concerned citizens and community leaders are invited to learn more about this study and discuss next steps at a work group session and "bake off" from 6:00-9:00pm Tuesday, January 22 at Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins.

Participants will get an overview of the study findings thus far, discuss work group input received, and hear from local experts.  They will develop and prioritize specific actions for adaptation planning and build opportunities for future cooperation and partnerships.  The evening also features a "bake off", with prizes for the best dessert.

There are two main components of the Stormwater Adaptation Study:  1) assessing the effects of  projected rainfall patterns and land use changes on the stormwater capacity  of a fully-developed study site in Minneapolis and one that's still developing in Victoria, and 2) identifying  feasible options for adapting to the more frequent storm events associated with climate change.

Buckled pavementAmong the research team's preliminary findings - the frequency of larger storms exceeding the capacity of existing stormwater pipes is expected to increase, increasing the likelihood of flooding in some areas.  The community adaptation options being explored include effective land use planning options, sources of sustainable funding for stormwater infrastructure, changes in design criteria and the types of infrastructure available, and ways to educate and engage our communities.  

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.