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Storm Water Management in Rochester, Minnesota
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As our community grows, so must or commitment to protecting and improving the quality of our water resources.  Our lakes, rivers, and wetlands help make Rochester one of the nations' most livable communities.  Keeping our water resources clean and useable is in everyone's interest.

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The City of Rochester Wins Blue Star Award for Clean Water!
The City of Rochester has receive the MInnesota Blue Star Award for its efforts to protect local water quality. The award is part of a statewide program honoring Minnesota communities that achieve excellence in stormwater mangement. Rochester received a high score following an assessment of key water protection indicators like runoff controls, education programs, and good housekeeping measures. Rochester's score was high enough to win the award, which is good for three years.

The award program, sponsored by a partnership between state agencies, watershed districts, engineering firm Emmons & Olivier Resources, and non-profit group Friends of the Mississippi River, is a voluntary statewide program offering cities and townships the opportunity to complete for clean water honors. More information about the Blue Star Award can be found at

South Branch Cascade Creek Stream Restoration Project: Environmental Assessment Worksheet to be Put on Public Notice
The Environmental Quality Board (EQB) will place the Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) for the South Branch Cascade Creek Stream Restoration Project on public notice for 30 days, starting September 1, 2014. Olmsted County, the City of Rochester and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources are proposing restoration of about 7,300 feet of the South Branch of Cascade Creek just west of 2nd Street SW and West Circle Drive SW. The project is intended to reduce downstream sedimentation concerns and the Creek's Turbidity impairment, improve aquatic biological communities within the Creek, and increase downstream flood protection. The restoration will follow Natural Channel Design methodology. Construction is anticipated to begin later this fall.
Details regarding how to provide comments on this EAW will be contained in the EQB "Monitor" in their September 1 edition, which will be posted here: Hard copies of the EAW will be available by September 1 in three locations: 1) the Rochester Public Works front desk (201 4th Street SE, Room 108); 2) the Reference Section of the Rochester Public Library (101 2nd Street SE); and 3) by downloading the document via this link: EAW South Branch Cascade Creek Stream Restoration Project.

DNR/MPCA Cooperative Stream Gaging Site - hyperlinks to real time river level data

Rochester's Storm Water Ponds & Mosquitoes - learn why storm water ponds limit the ability for mosquitoes to complete their life cycle and how you can prevent mosquito habitats from forming in your backyard.