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Information and Zoom link to the July 2022 Annual meeting

Current Stormwater Research Projects

Current Stormwater Research Projects

These are the current stormwater research projects funded and administered through the Water Resources Center using a variety of funding sources.  Select a specific project for more information.

2022 Projects

  • Evaluation of Media Effectiveness for Removal of Phosphorus and Other Pollutants in an Active, High-Volume Stormwater Filtration BMP Randy Anhorn, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District
  • Plants for Stormwater Design, Interactive Selection Tool for Stormwater Professionals and the Public John Bly, Metro Blooms 
  • Capturing Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CECs) with Biofiltration Andrew Erickson, UMN St. Anthony Falls Laboratory  
  • Stormwater reduction and pollutant sourcing from urban trees Xue Feng, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Iron Enhanced Sand Filters Performance and Maintenance Meta-Analysis John Gulliver, University of Minnesota
  • Assessment of Urban Stormwater Chloride and its Impact on Surface Water Trends Ben Janke, University of Minnesota
  • Performance evaluation for a stormwater treatment train incorporating sedimentation and geomedia-augmented biofiltration Bridget Ulrich, Natural Resources Research Institute

2020 Projects Underway

Completed Stormwater Research Projects

Completed Stormwater Research Projects

Completed stormwater research projects funded and administered through the Water Resources Center using a variety of funding sources.  Select a specific project for more information.

For more research projects, visit the Minnesota Water Research Digital Library https://wrl.mnpals.net/

Stormwater Pond Research - Special Projects

Stormwater Pond Research - Special Projects

This page is dedicated to research and resources related to urban stormwater ponds.  Resources on this page provide information to staff, advisory board members, stakeholders, researchers, practitioners and policy makers.  Content will be added as it becomes available or that may be useful. The Center and the Minnesota Stormwater Research Council is preparing to make research investments in 2022 and beyond through a special pond-only research RFP.

WRC-MSRC Short-term strategy on urban stormwater pond research .pdf

Solicitation for pond research funding .pdf

2022 Stormwater Pond Literature Review Project:

Wet Pond Maintenancefor Phoshorus Retention report -  A Minnesota Local Road Research Board project

Pond treatment with spent lime to control phosphorus release from sediments  Greg Wilson, Barr Engineering

Detecting phosphorus release from stormwater ponds to guide management and design (2021) John Gulliver,  UMN St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

Characterization of phosphorus Release from Ponds (2018) John Gulliver,  UMN St. Anthony Falls Laboratory

 

Stormwater Technology Transfer - Education and Training

Stormwater Technology Transfer - Education and Training

Minnesota Stormwater Research Council

Minnesota Stormwater Research Council

Minnesota Stormwater Research Council

The MSRC is an independent organization of stormwater professionals, practitioners, managers, engineers, researchers and others currently operating as an unincorporated association with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center (WRC) as the fiscal agent.

MSRC Funding Partners

Clean Sweep Program

Clean Sweep Program

Street sweeping is a commonly used practice across Minnesota to provide a healthy, safe, and attractive environment for residents and visitors. While regular removal of litter and dirt from our streets andcurbs is necessary to prevent storm drains from clogging and flooding, street sweeping can also be used  to protect water quality by reducing leaf litter, trash, dirt, and other pollutants from entering our water resources.

The MPCA partnered with the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center to develop the CleanSweep Program to assist MS4s and local communities in implementing and enhancing their own street sweeping programs to help meet water quality goals. Through a series of surveys, focus groups, and case studies, the new Clean Sweep education and training program was created.

Upcoming Events

Street Sweeping Workshop

Tuesday, September 27, 2022  8am - 1pm
Forest Lake City Center, 1408 Lake Street S. - Forest Lake, MN 55025
Cost: Free

Join the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the UMN Water Resources Center for the kick-off workshop for the new Clean Sweep Program which aims to provide you with the tools, training, and resources you need to develop or enhance a street sweeping program for water quality.
The Street Sweeping Workshop will include:
  • Overview of direct and indirect benefits of enhanced street sweeping from the experts and researchers that were instrumental in developing the MPCA's new phosphorus crediting calculator tool
  • Decision tree and guidance for MS4s considering a street sweeping program for water quality
  • New reference table for estimating total solids and phosphorus from potential street sweeping efforts
  • Tools to help prioritize street sweeping routes to maximize benefit
  • Information on pros and cons of different street sweepers
  • Guidance from MPCA on when and how to test street sweeping materials
  • Panel discussion on cost-effective options for reusing and disposing of street sweeping materials
  • Information on new Clean Sweep Program and future trainings and events

The workshop will also include an overview and demonstration of the League of Minnesota Cities award-winning enhanced street sweeping program by the City of Forest Lake in partnership with Comfort Lake-Forest Lake and Rice Creek Watershed Districts.

Registration REQUIRED for this free event.  Limited spots available - register early.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Resources for grant awardees

Acknowledgment text for all written materials
Acknowledgment PowerPoint slide (coming soon)
Stormwater Research Grant Portal (coming soon)