| Saint Paul's location on the Mississippi River has had a profound influence on the city and its patterns of development, beginning with the first settlement and extending in to the 21st Century. Today, it is important that we respect our City's valuable River, Lakes, and Wetlands including the Mississippi River and how the water resources play a critical role in making Saint Paul the most livable City in America.
What is Saint Paul Doing?
- Staffing a Water Resources Coordinator Position since January 2008 to guide implementation of the City's water resources management programs.
- Coordinating the Water Resources Working Group, and inter-departmental team to collaborate and provide guidance on City's water resource management programs.
- Enacting a new water quality ordinance (Chapter 1) to prevent pollution and reduce surface water impacts from improper behaviors.
- Piloting permeable pavement in a residential alley in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood.
- Establishing green infrastructure and Transit-Oriented Development along Green Line through a multi-agency partnership to evaluate opportunities and establish a comprehensive framework.
- Emphasizing green infrastructure as a key focus of the West Side Flats Master Plan update.
- Incorporating boulevard rain gardens into Residential Street Vitalization Program projects.
- Supporting the City’s tree canopy goals by incorporating forestry into stormwater management designs.
- Implementing a salt management plan and enhancing fleet equipment to reduce chloride use while maintaining traffic safety and mobility.