• 22Mar

    We continue to fix the ills of generations past and heal our watershed.


    Your application titled Wetland-Prairie Restoration on South Branch Cascade Creek has been selected for partial funding through the FY2017 Round 2 Metro Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. You’ve been awarded $198,800 in reimbursable grant funds. Please note that these funds will expire June 30, 2019. As indicated in your application, this timeline should fit your project. We had unprecedented demand for Metro funds this time around, so in order to fund more projects, we are granting unused dollars from previous years that will expire sooner.

    CPL staff will be contacting you over the next few days with instructions for meeting the grant contract requirements. A Grant Contract must be fully executed before any work can begin on your project. Any expenses incurred before the contract is executed will not be eligible for reimbursement. All paperwork will be completed using electronic signatures to expedite this process.

    Thank you for your dedication to preserving Minnesota’s natural resources. We look forward to working with you to complete your project!

    Jessica Lee

    CPL Program Coordinator | Division of Fish and Wildlife

    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

    500 Lafayette Road, Box 20

    St. Paul, MN 55155

    Phone: 651-259-5233


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  • 02Apr

    Should Rochester pass a “Pollinator Friendly” resolution?

    Recommended Pollinator Policy

    I sent a note to the Parks Department to see if they have any concerns about the language. The same note was sent to Stormwater Management as well.

    I also asked the City Administrator to poll the council and see if there were 4 council members opposed. If not assuming the language is appropriate for Rochester AND I have a 2nd, we can bring this up for a vote.

    Let me know what you think of the attached policy!

    I personally manage my land in this way and actually treat much of my stormwater on site with a pollinator friendly rain garden!

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  • 04Aug

    This really sucks, I don’t like it but there is really not a choice in my book.  The big picture is this is what happens without long term regional planning.  Moral of the story, do it right the first time.  In the interest of transparency, here is some more information from Gary Neumann.

    Mayor and Council,

    I requested that the Public Works Department staff provided some additional information relating to the costs for the Lenwood project that is the subject of D-18.  Due to a number of factors, as is detailed in the attached information from Jim Loehr, the project award would be over-budget by about $435,000.  Some of this is due to new storm water costs and watermain looping costs that were not originally part of the project and will be covered from utility funds. In addition some of the costs can be paid with the anticipated remaining balance in the sales tax water quality program.  The remaining estimated $225,000 would be recommended by this office to come from sales tax funds.  The City did commit to a maximum capped cost with the property-owners so increasing their costs does not appear to be a reasonable option. Read more…

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