Meeting of the Metropolitan Area Water Supply Advisory Committee

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
390 North Robert Street, Chambers
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Committee Members:
Sandy Rummel, Chair Metropolitan Council District 11
Jamie Schurbon Anoka County
Randy Ellingboe Department of Health
Tom Furlong City of Chanhassen, Mayor
Chuck Haas City of Hugo, Council Member
Georg Fischer Dakota County, Environmental Resources Director
Julie Ekman Department of Natural Resources
Sandy Colvin Roy Hennepin County
Katrina Kessler Pollution Control Agency
Barry Stock City of Savage, Administrator
Dan Stoddard Department of Agriculture
Steve Schneider St. Paul Regional Water Services, General Manager
Michael Robinson Chisago County
Susan Morris Isanti County
Lisa Vollbrecht Sherburne County
Mark Daleiden Wright County


I.      Call to Order

II.     Approval of 01/22/14 agenda and 10/23/13 minutes

III.    Water conservation and reuse in the City of Hugo – Bryan Bear & Jay Kennedy (City of Hugo)
        “The City of Hugo has developed a unique City-wide approach that involves the re-use of stormwater to meet irrigation needs within the city, and results in the reduction of the City’s reliance on groundwater.  City Administrator Bryan Bear and City Engineer Jay Kennedy will present this information to the Water Supply Advisory Committee and will provide an update on ongoing water conservation efforts within the City.”

IV.     Water Supply Planning Unit Technical Projects update - Brian Davis [presentation]

a.     Assessing the Opportunity and Barriers for Water Conservation by Private Industrial Users
        The Metropolitan Council partnered with the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) to investigate the opportunities and barriers for groundwater conservation by industrial users.  Important information regarding industry water conservation attitudes and practices was obtained, and water conservation projects were identified that can save over 42 million gallons of groundwater per year.

b.     Met Council/City of Saint Paul Water Reuse Project
       The City of Saint Paul and Metropolitan Council are working together to reduce potable water use at the new Lowertown Ballpark.  A conceptual design process is underway whereby rainwater will be harvested from the adjacent Metro Transit Green Line Operations and Maintenance Facility and used to irrigate the playing surface at the ballpark.

V.    Progress Legislative Report on Metropolitan Council Water Supply Planning Funded by Minnesota Clean Water Fund – Ali Elhassan
       “In 2013, the state Legislature approved $2,537,000 from the Clean Water Legacy Fund to evaluate the reliability and sustainability of the water supply throughout the seven county metropolitan area, including the northeast metro. This report fulfills the legislative requirement to submit by January 15, 2014 an interim report on the expenditure of this appropriation. The report provides information about how funds are being allocated, data that has been and continues to be collected, up-to-date analysis findings in the northeast metro, and work that been done and remains to do.

VI.   Water Supply Draft Policies and Strategies in Water Resources Policy Plan – Ali Elhassan [handout]
       State law (Minnesota Statutes, Section 473.175) directs the Metropolitan Council (Council) to prepare a Regional Development Framework (Thrive MSP 2040) and four “system plans” for transportation, aviation, wastewater and regional recreation and open space and related policy statements, goals, standards, programs and maps describing how the Council will achieve its charge.  The Water Resources Policy Plan (WRPP) contains specific goals, policies and strategies related to wastewater, surface water management and water supply.  The WRMPP also includes the required wastewater system plan.  The water supply draft policy and recommended strategies in the WRPP are summarized in this presentation.

VII.  MAWSAC Workplan for 2014

VIII. Communication Tools for MAWSAC

IX.    Adjourn

“…water use is sustainable when the use does not harm ecosystems, degrade water quality, or compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”                           -- 2009 Minnesota State Legislature