In a recent post, I mentioned the subject of Stormwater Managment. I suggested that it was an important topic and hinted that you’d be hearing more about it in the future.
The City of Northfield recently hired some consultants to work with staff on a proposed Stormwater Management Plan. If I remember correctly, it’s a Federal requirement that communities have a plan in place.
The Planning Commission was asked to review the proposed Plan. Even though we’re a well-educated group, well over half the Commission has advanced degrees, it was not easily digested by amateurs.
In response, the Planning Commission developed a list of questions and comments for the consultants and staff. The consultant and a staff member made a lengthy presentation to the Commission and I would say that the group was 90% satisfied with the answers provided. It probably would be closer to 100% except that some of the answers were “in the not-too-distant future” and I prefer “it’s already been completed”.
At any rate, one of the goals of the Commission was to include residential sources of pollution, instead of always just focusing on businesses. The consultant and staff person said that residential impacts would not be overlooked.
The issue is fertilizer, herbicide and insecticide run-offs from people’s yards, into the storm sewer, and then, directly, into the Cannon River.
Northfield is not a leader on this concern. In the July 7th edition of the Wall Street Journal, there was an article, “Grass Warfare”, in which examples were cited about what other communities are doing to protect our water.
What Northfield proposes to do about this issue will be included in the Implementation Phase of the Plan. To learn more, watch for a Public Information Open House coming to a public facility near you, in the not-too-distant future.