Monday, August 11, 2014

Roseville Wins Blue Star Award

Congratulations to the City of Roseville for receiving the Minnesota Blue Star Award for their efforts to protect local water quality.

The Blue Star Award program which was started in July of 2010, recognizes communities that go above and beyond regulatory requirements to keep runoff pollution from degrading their lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands. To achieve a Blue Star Award cities much complete an online assessment of their policies and practices in three core areas: 1) Water Friendly Planning and Preservation; 2) Stormwater Management Standards and Practices; and 3) Stormwater Pollution Prevention.

Lake Owasso's south half lies in Roseville.  This area of the lake is host to a diverse population of
shoreline and aquatic plants, providing excellent wildlife habitat.

Communities that score higher than 60% on their assessment earn a Blue Star Award, and those that are among the top ten highest achievers in Minnesota are listed on the Blue Star Leader Board. The award program is sponsored by a partnership between state agencies and watershed districts, along with the engineering firm Emmons and Olivier Resources and the non-profit group Friends of the Mississippi River.

The city of Roseville scored high enough on the Blue Star Award assessment to: 
  • be one of only 18 cities in the state to earn the rigorous Blue Star Award for excellence in stormwater management that has existed since 2010.

  • have the 5th highest score in the state and be recognized on the Blue Star Leaderboard.

  • have the 4th highest score in Planning & Preservation and 2nd highest score in Stormwater Pollution Prevention, two of the three categories that make up the award.

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