BRAINERD, MN – December 5, 2016– The City of Deerwood and Summer Place Association were presented the 2016 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Community Partnership Award. The award was presented as part of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Convention.
MPCA Commissioner John Linc Stine (right) presented the award to the city of Deerwood and Summer Place Association.
In 2015-2016, the City of Deerwood, Serpent Lake Association, and Summer Place Association partnered to complete a major stormwater retrofit project. This project now filters polluted runoff and helps control the flooding problem at Summer Place Residents faced in 2012. The City also worked with Crow Wing County to donate two parcels of tax forfeited land for this project. The City donated an additional 16,000 square feet of land for this project and Summer Place Association donated 6,500 square feet.
Left to Right: Jay Michaels, EOR Britta Hansen, Robert Albrecht, Crow Wing SWCD Supervisor, Pat Norby, Summer Place Association, Melissa Barrick Crow Wing SWCD, and Mayor Mike Aulie, of Deerwood.
Melissa Barrick, District Manager stated, “This project serves as a great example of community partnership, innovative stormwater management techniques, and solving a residential flooding problem. Despite the major storms that occurred in the Summer of 2016, this project is working and thriving (June 20, 2016 and July 14, 2016 they received11 inches of rain in 24 hours). Without this project, residents would have been flooded and additional nutrients added to Serpent Lake.”
This project was funded by the Board of Water Soil and Resources Clean Water Fund Targeted Watershed. This project is part of bigger effort to reduce runoff to Serpent Lake. For more information on this project contact Melissa Barrick via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 218-828-6197.