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Free dollars for landscaping projects: Rainwater Rewards Program

updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The city may offer to fund all of or a portion of the application. Funds are a reimbursement for a portion of the cost for materials and labor. An application must be approved by the city prior to starting any work. Projects started or completed when submitted are not eligible for funding. In-kind or free services will not be considered for matching...

Natural Resources

updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Natural Resources, a division of the Operations & Recreation Department, manages St. Louis Park’s natural resources. We work to protect, restore and enhance our varied natural areas and resources, including a diverse urban tree population, a wide array of wildlife, 28 water bodies and Westwood Hills Nature Center. Stewardship of these...

Rainwater Rewards Program Best Management Practice Guidance

updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The following Best Management Practices (BMPs) are eligible for the Rainwater Rewards Program:

Selecting the right stormwater management BMP is important to ensure that the design and implementation is effective at reducing stormwater runoff volumes and pollutants for your site.

To design this project it is necessary to perform a detailed site review, which includes a desktop analysis and field evaluation. The following items are included in this review to ensure that the BMPs will be effective:

  • Soil types and potential infiltration rates. Additional infiltration field testing may be required
  • Site located within a Drinking Water Supply Management Area (DWSMA)
  • Minimum separation of three feet from average groundwater levels
  • Drainage area directed to BMP
  • Site constraints, such as underground utilities and easements. Stormwater BMPs may not be permitted within the public right of way unless associated with a street reconstruction project
  • Trees qualifying for funding must be considered by city ordinance, city tree sale are subsidized and do not qualify for additional funding

To assist residents and designers in performing the desktop analysis, the city has uploaded a database of information, click the following link to review the data:

  • City stormwater map

For further information on the site review process, BMP selection process, and other stormwater related topics, the following websites provide additional information:

Rainwater Rewards Program Best Management Practice Program Stormwater BMP Maintenance Agreement

updated: Thursday, April 27, 2017

City staff will perform annual inspections on each BMP and provide an overall rating of the BMP. If substantial maintenance is required, the owner will be notified, via letter, of the required maintenance and given a timeline to perform the required maintenance. If the required maintenance is not performed within the given timeframe, the city will...

Rainwater Rewards Program Designer and Contractor Guidance

updated: Thursday, May 04, 2017

Once you’ve identified a few Best Management Practices (BMPs) that may be a good fit on your property it’s time to select a designer that will assist you in developing, implementing, and completing the project.

Residents that are interested in participating in the program, will be required to attend the Metro Blooms Raingarden Workshop on May 18 at The Rec Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, to learn more about the design, construction and maintenance of stormwater BMPs.

Designer and builder selection
Selecting a BMP designer, or contractor, to develop and implement your project isn’t as difficult as you may think, it just takes some time and preparation. There are several items to consider when selecting a designer and contractor, they are as follows:

Request for their qualifications (RFQ)
Identify several designers or contractors and inquire about past projects they have completed and your project.

  • Ensure they have significant experience with designing and building stormwater BMPs
  • Ensure there is a familiarity with local regulations, along with a strong understanding of what your expectations are for your project and show a willingness to work with you throughout the entire process
  • Review past projects and discuss them with owners

The city cannot specifically recommend a project designer or contractor. However, outlined below is a list of local designers and contractors that have experience with stormwater management design and construction, click on the following links to see more information:

Stormwater management funding applications will be accepted until September 30. The funds must be used within one year of receiving approval.

Residential Stormwater Management Program Project Permitting Guidance

updated: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Depending on the type of project, there may be additional permits required. The purpose of these permits are to ensure that construction projects are completed on compliance with local and state regulations.

Permits that may be required for your project
There are many items regulated by the city, watershed and the state and they may include the following:

Work within the public right-of-way
City of St. Louis Park right-of-way permit
Hennepin County county road right-of-way use

Utility connection 
If connection is required to city utilities, review utility permits information.

Work within wetlands or in wetland buffers
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) information

Erosion and sediment control
For projects that will disturb 5,000 square feet or excavate 50 cubic yards of material, review erosion and sediment control permit information.

Floodplain alteration
Review city and MCWD floodplain alteration information.

Driveway permit
Review city driveway permit information. Grant finding may be available for constructing a new or replacing an existing driveway with a permeable pavement 

Roofing permit
Review city permit information. Grant funding may be available for reroofing a home, garage or shed with a green roof.

Project owners will be responsible for obtaining all project permits, permit fees may be reimbursed as part of project costs. For further information on project permitting click on the following links:

The city can provide additional guidance with identifying and obtaining the proper permits once an application has been approved.

Tree Watering

updated: Monday, April 10, 2017

Newly planted trees: Immediately after planting, all tree roots are in the original root ball area. Until new roots grow into the soil of the planting site, water the original root ball area and just beyond this area. The root ball area may dry out faster than the surrounding soil, so check the moisture in this area frequently for the first month...

Which Watershed Do You Live In?

updated: Thursday, February 16, 2017

Did you know each of us lives in a watershed? A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that drains off of it goes into the same place. This place could be the wetland, pond, lake or creek located outside your back door. In St. Louis Park, we live in one of two watersheds. Find out which watershed you live in within St. Louis Park...

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