4.5 Water Quantity

Goal 5 - Water Quantity

Maintain or reduce existing flows from drainage within the watershed to decrease the negative effects of stormwater runoff and bounce from existing and proposed development as well as provide low flow augmentation to surface waters.

Discussion

Development and the associated creation of new impervious surface increases the volume of stormwater runoff, changes the rates and times to peak runoff flow, and decreases the amount of stormwater that naturally percolates into the soil to recharge groundwater.  The District's long term goal in the Six Mile Marsh subwatershed is to achieve no increase in the volume of stormwater discharged from the subwatershed into the lake.  Implementation strategies will include minimizing new runoff volumes from development, encouraging infiltration and groundwater recharge to maintain baseflow in Six Mile Creek and adequate hydrology to groundwater-fed wetlands, and limiting new volumes in landlocked subwatersheds.

A key strategy to achieve this goal is the adoption of a volume management standard for new development and redevelopment that requires the abstraction (removal from runoff through infiltration, capture and reuse, evapotranspiration, etc.) of one inch of rainfall.   Approximately 70 percent of annual runoff volume in Minnesota results from precipitation events of 1? or less (MPCA, 2000).  Requiring new development and redevelopment to abstract (retain on site through infiltration, evapotranspiration, or capture and reuse) runoff from that size event would significantly reduce new volumes of runoff flowing downstream and help reduce future erosion in streams and channels; minimize new pollutant loading that would have been conveyed by that stormwater; and help maintain groundwater levels, preserving wetlands.

Limiting discharges from subwatersheds and basins that are currently landlocked is necessary to prevent further degradation of downstream water quality as well as to limit new volumes discharged downstream to channels that are already experiencing erosion.  Encouraging infiltration in landlocked basins is one means of controlling runoff volumes to help prevent localized flooding.

The additional new volume could be mitigated through construction of regional infiltration basins, restoring drained wetlands, reforestation and revegetation, or other means.

Table 11.  Modeled annual volume of runoff in the Six Mile Marsh subwatershed, and estimated reductions resulting from application of a proposed 1? abstraction rule for new development and redevelopment (acre-feet).

2000 modeled annual subwatershed runoff volume

4,158

2020 modeled annual subwatershed runoff volume

4,822

Ultimate Development modeled annual subwatershed runoff volume

5,242

Increase between 2000 and Ultimate Development

1,084

Estimated volume abstracted by 1? rule

758

New volume to be abstracted through other means such as capital projects, wetland restorations, reforestation and revegetation, etc.

326

Desired Outcomes:  Management of water volumes discharged from the subwatershed.

Metrics:  Acre-feet volume abstraction.

Goal 5.1 - Six Mile Marsh

Reduce volume of stormwater runoff from new development and redevelopment and maintain or reduce existing water volumes discharged from the subwatershed into Halsteds Bay.

Actions

  1. Amend existing or establish new District rules requiring abstraction of the first one inch of rainfall on new permitted development and redevelopment.
  2. Track volumes abstracted and new volumes created resulting from permitted development.
  3. Provide assistance to LGUs and developers to foster low impact development and redevelopment that minimizes new stormwater volumes.
    1. Develop and distribute model ordinances and design standards that incorporate low impact design principles.
    2. Sponsor educational opportunities for LGU staff, developers, elected and appointed officials and other interested parties to provide practical information and opportunities for sharing experiences.
  4. Encourage the development and maintenance of depressional storage within the subwatershed.

Goal 5.2 - Six Mile Marsh

Manage water volumes conveyed to Six Mile Creek to prevent further erosion.

Actions

  1. Work cooperatively with the Three Rivers Park District to evaluate and implement strategies for operating outlet control structures in the Carver Park Reserve to maximize storage capacity and manage flows.
  2. Inspect known erosion-prone areas of Six Mile Creek at least annually to assess its condition, and the entire Creek at least every five years.
  3. Repair identified erosion locations in Six Mile Creek and develop strategies to reduce volumes as necessary.
  4. Continue to monitor flows in Six Mile Creek.

Goal 5.3 - Six Mile Marsh

Limit new discharges from land locked basins and subbasins to prevent new impacts to downstream lakes.

Actions

  1. Require the LGUs to continue to manage SMC-10, 16, 19, 38, and 39, as well as other basins without outlets as landlocked basins unless they can demonstrate that providing outlets would not negatively impact downstream water resources (see Figure 2 for landlocked basin locations).

Goal 5.4 - Six Mile Marsh

Require public stormwater conveyance and control structures in the watershed be sized and maintained properly to convey current and ultimate stormwater flows to minimize flooding and erosion potential.

Actions

  1. Require LGUs to provide to the District a copy of their annual NPDES report.