Saint Paul's location on the Mississippi River has had a profound influence on the city and its patterns of development, beginning with the first settlement and extending in to the 21st Century. It is important to respect our city's valuable river, lakes, and wetlands including the Mississippi River and understand how the water resources play a critical role in making Saint Paul the most livable city in America.
|What is Saint Paul Doing?
City of Saint Paul Water Resource Work Group The city's Water Resource Work Group was established by Council Resolution 08-1400. The work group consists of inter-departmental staff representing key departments that have water resource considerations. Representatives are from the Mayor’s Office, Parks & Recreation Department, Planning & Economic Development, Public Works, Regional Water Services, and Safety & Inspection Department. The primary functions of the work group are:
- To establish an internal training and communication framework for water resource protection;
- To coordinate revisions to the city’s Storm Water Permit (NPDES MS4 Stormwater Management Program) and amendments to city ordinances; and
- To develop a strategy to successfully compete for State’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment dollars establishing water resource policy, water resource/stormwater project review and authorization, and other approvals on water resource initiatives that are handled through normal city channels.
The work group holds staff meetings on a regular basis. Currently meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month. During the meetings staff discuss various issues, topics and opportunities related to the group’s function. The staff comprising the group are able to provide departmental perspectives, operational considerations, and insight on current or desired activities. The group also hosts external water resource agency local partners in the discussions. The group strives to foster communication, improve awareness and support the city’s water resource management efforts. What Can I do?
- Learn about how what you do to your yard impacts lakes and rivers
- Get involved with the Friends of the Mississippi
- Participate in Water Fest
- Consider putting a rain garden in your yard
- Contact Ramsey County about getting a rain barrel
- Learn about planting for clean water
- Saint Paul Stormwater Management
- Capitol Region Watershed District
- Lower Mississippi River WMO
- Mississippi WMO
- Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District
Questions? Contact Wes Saunders-Pierce, Water Resource Coordinator, , 651-266-9112