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POLICY 74

Integration of Water Management into Development: Integrate water resource management into public and private projects in order to benefits natural systems.

Stormwater pond
Rain garden
Permeable pavers

Water pollution is primarily the result of human activity, especially in an urban environment like Minneapolis. The City must continue to prevent contaminants from entering the groundwater to protect the water from intentional or accidental pollution. This requires incorporating water management systems into new development, into streetscape infrastructure, and into parks and open spaces. It also means examining construction and demolition practices to ensure the best methods are used to minimize negative impacts to groundwater and reduce the possibility of fluid leaks, spills and improper disposal of debris.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to integrate water resource management into public and private projects in order to benefits natural systems.

  1. Continue to prohibit groundwater or other nonstormwater use of the storm sewer system or the City or sanitary sewer infrastructure unless the City gives approval.
  2. Manage green infrastructure and stormwater storage using best management practices on public property to help meet water quality goals.
  3. Encourage, facilitate and require the use of best management practices that reduce impervious cover, including use of permeable surfaces for nonmotorized sidewalks and trails.
  4. Evaluate site plan review requirements to ensure flexibility in landscaping materials to improve surface waters, water quality and climate resilience.
  5. Use stormwater regulations to require construction projects to carry out best management practices that effectively improve the character and health of water resources and reduce impairments.
  6. Determine priority areas for “greening” policies and practices for public and private projects.
  7. Ensure that development near waterways meets local, state and federal guidelines and requirements for flood protection and mitigation.
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