St. Paul Looks for Partners to Confront Sticker Shock of Brownfield Infrastructure Renewal

The City of St. Paul, MN, a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure.
by The City of St. Paul | February 16, 2016 AT 10:00 AM
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The City of St. Paul, MN is a finalist in the third round of the City Accelerator, which is focused on finding viable and sustainable ways of funding public infrastructure. Your feedback on its story map will inform final selection of the cities. 

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What is St. Paul proposing?

The city of Saint Paul is looking for innovative financing tools to help offset the high upfront costs of addressing stormwater management issues that are stifling the progress of three large-scale brownfield redevelopment projects.  The City Accelerator would help build the city’s capacity to develop cross-departmental and partnership-based solutions to address the full spectrum of infrastructure funding needs including construction, operation, maintenance, and replacement costs. Lessons learned from the cohort would potentially impact the roles, responsibilities, and management practices across many city agencies involved in capital project finance and implementation.

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wayne roberts

On: 09-16-2016

this is great on every level: public education, public engagement, public capacity building, sustainable water strategy, neighborhood rejuvenation, innovative green infrastructure and preparation for jobs of the future. Congrats!!!

Doug Mensing

On: 03-24-2016

An innovative and exciting project that will make meaningful improvements in water protection and conservation.

Kevin Russell

On: 03-23-2016

The city of St. Paul has jokingly (but honestly) been referred to as 1 large brownfield. Currently, the Twin Cities metro area provides is a harbor to numerous fortune 500 companies and this has provided citizens in the region with a strong economic foundation. However, if we hope to maintain our reputation and maintain our status as a hub for opportunity and stability, it ought to be time we look to improve our infrastructure. Whether it is public services such as storm water management and water quality, or transit infrastructure, the time is now to develop these utilities for the future.

Jim Hafner

On: 03-08-2016

St. Paul is not only the capital city of Minnesota but a leader in managing stormwater runoff. The innovative use of best management practices, partnerships with business and other agencies, and stakeholder involvement will bring a new level of resource management to the banks of the Mississippi River. (would have given 5 stars if I had been more timely in responding)

Dave Haley

On: 03-04-2016

Innovative and forward looking. Not only focused on leading in the transition not only to more effective water conservation and storm water management, but also realizing that traditional funding structures and mechanisms need to change with our changing needs and views about the role of both the public and private sectors.

John Chapman

On: 03-03-2016

This looks like a great opportunity and could make a real difference in the water quality.

Mira Stancevic

On: 03-03-2016

I support this work!

Mira Kehoe

On: 03-02-2016

I support St. Paul's stewardship of our precious water resources.

Karen

On: 03-02-2016

St Paul is an ideal location to support this; lots of love and respect for The Great River here and we're fortunate to be able to take part. Thanks!

Barb

On: 03-02-2016

This is great and I concur with the many comments already provided. I love my City!!!

Anonymous

On: 03-02-2016

Love the creativity in enhancing community and public awareness which is critical to the success of any project.

Brenda

On: 03-02-2016

Keep the Mississippi and the Minnesota Rivers clean and it impacts the huge watershed below. And St. Paul will be good steward of the funds.

Sarah

On: 03-02-2016

St. Paul can be a leader in storm water management practices, ultimately changing how our communities use and value water resources.

Tom Lewanski

On: 03-02-2016

This is great.

Water Educator

On: 03-02-2016

It is fantastic to see a city taking these steps and working to share with citizens how we can use storm water. 5 Stars!

Claire

On: 03-02-2016

This is a great project that would benefit people from Minnesota all the way to the Gulf of Mexico.

Alicia

On: 03-02-2016

5 stars!

Grace, Master Water Steward

On: 03-02-2016

Creative thinking and creative funding are important. Each solution will be different. Solutions are local. Nice job St Paul. You are like Edina, ahead of the difficult discussions on storm water management.

Jen

On: 03-02-2016

In an already developed metropolitan area, stormwater management is difficult. This plan is innovative, diverse, and incorporates people and green in a concrete world. It is extremely exciting!

Laura

On: 03-02-2016

This is very exciting, innovative planning for St. Paul. These projects would solidify St. Paul as a leader in stormwater management, something we're all very supportive of!

Randy Neprash

On: 03-02-2016

Brilliant ideas! The innovative use of urban trees as stormwater management BMPs on the Green Line light rail project is really exciting and valuable work.

Zumbro Watershed

On: 03-02-2016

This is a great project! It focuses on being pro-active and addressing stormwater runoff at a time when rainfall is increasing in the region. This project could also become a leader in solving a problem that will face other Midwestern cities in the future.

Erica

On: 03-02-2016

Shared, stacked infrastructure framework would be a valuable tool that could be used not only in St. Paul, but in other locations. I think St. Paul should be a cohort city.

Mikael

On: 03-02-2016

St. Paul is poised to be a model city for environmental and economic revitalization. Since the 90's the City has implemented strong environmental policies and has been evolving to a more vibrant livable city.

Kristin

On: 03-02-2016

Doing things right and taking responsibility for what falls on our landscape, St Paul is a model for the country!

Sarah

On: 03-02-2016

St. Paul has a strong history of innovative stormwater management practices. As a city that actively promotes environmental and ecological consciousness, and as a major metropolitan area in a state known for its lakes and the Mississippi headwaters, this is a place that is highly deserving of additional support and technical assistance. Green infrastructure improvements here have so many downstream benefits, both literally and figuratively. Please support St. Paul.

Dorothy

On: 03-02-2016

Our water flows down the Mississippi, and impacts every state to the south. This program continues the essential way in which we can positively impact not just Minnesota, but a large portion of our country. Kudos, and FIVE STARS!

Anonymous

On: 03-01-2016

Looking forward to St. Paul moving ahead with developing stormwater solutions for the Ford, Snelling Midway, and West Side Flats sites. Good luck!

Liz

On: 03-01-2016

I wanted to five it five stars, but the stars don't seem to be working on Firefox or Chrome.

Liz

On: 03-01-2016

This is the future. If not in Saint Paul, close to the headwaters of the Mississippi, then where?

Mary

On: 02-29-2016

I'm impressed with Saint Paul's commitment to redeveloping brown fields to make them beneficial to the cultural and environmental health of the whole city.

St. Paul schoolteacher

On: 02-28-2016

Saint Paul's city-planning leaders have thoughtfully brainstormed numerous options for the new Ford neighborhood, and have synthesized years of public opinion to develop a coherent and sustainable water vision. It's a plan that respects the Mighty Mississippi, recharges groundwater, and captures greenhouse gases. Meanwhile, the intentional high visibility of that water features invites people to interact with the environment again. The water features they have shared and tweaked at public meetings are simultaneously functional and beautiful. If Saint Paul's past projects are prologue -- including CHS Field's rainwater harvesting system and the Green Line light rail's integrated tree trench system -- we can expect big things once again.

marika staloch

On: 02-27-2016

Saint Paul has been a leader in many areas (innovative libraries, racial equity practices, supporting arts & culture) - and here is our chance to shine with environmental issues.

Kirk

On: 02-27-2016

Minnesota has always been a leader in many areas, so I'm not surprised that this plan would be any different. St. Paul seems very proactive with not only improving the surrounding bodies of water, but also to the communities that use and benefit from them. St. Paul would be a great place to show what can be done with the right kind of investment that will hopefully create a trend for the rest of the nation, literally and figuratively, downstream.

Mary

On: 02-26-2016

Of the many places I've lived, St Paul has been pro-active in addressing many environmental issues that other cities ignore. The twin cities value and protect the outdoor space that is available here. This area should lead the way in protecting the Mississippi which impacts many areas of the country.

Tom Kottke

On: 02-26-2016

The St. Paul proposal is forward thinking and has the potential to make a very good city into a trully great city.

JB

On: 02-26-2016

St. Paul is a fantastic place for this to be awarded.

Joe Collins

On: 02-26-2016

Stormwater is often a forgotten water resource - a tool for water conservation, groundwater recharge, and water quality. Moreover, innovative strateigies, such as "shared stacked" stormwater BMPs can provide water quality improvements and economic redevelopment tools for blighted areas. When possible, "daylighting" stormwater, ("bringing water back to Saint Paul" up to the surface from stormwater sewer pipes) can be a BMP becomes a "water feature" in a redevelopment areas. At the Ford site, along the Mississippi River, a centralized stormwater BMP (as a result of community engagement) can be designed an economic redevelopment tool and community centerpoint by developing a new waterway (on a former brownfield) that can connect to Saint Paul's Hidden Falls and rejuvenates this historic river water feature. Developing brownfields is difficult work - requiring creative financing, working partnerships, community engagement, and shared vision for improved land use. In Saint Paul, we have strong working partnerships, we have the innovative vision, and, as a community, we are committed to improving water quality. It is an arduous task, and the City Accelerator would energize our efforts.

Mike

On: 02-26-2016

A crucial piece of the puzzle! We face challenges as we continue to build on our many successes in making Saint Paul the "most livable city in America." Cleaning up and re-purposing brownfield sites helps to create the kind of attractive, vibrant, walkable, clean and sustainable city that people want to live in, and that businesses want to locate to. Many stakeholders stand to gain from this initiative, they should all be at the table as part of the solution.

Tamara Schmitz

On: 02-26-2016

Cheers to St. Paul for planning a future that uses rain to help its community and simultaneously protects our wonderful Mississippi River!

Lucia

On: 02-26-2016

These large scale projects will complement the small- and mid-scale work the city is already doing. Let's go for it!

Maureen Colson

On: 02-25-2016

Storm water is a significant problem here. Let's be proactive

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

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RainGrid

On: 02-25-2016

So pleased to see Minneapollis-St. Paul adopting rainfrastructure to make rainfall a redevelopment resource instead of the capital and operational cost sink associated with overbuilt and expensive conventional water and waste-water infrastructure, particularly conventional stormwater methods. We encourage M-SP to focusing on building real-time climate adaptation to capture stormwater peak flows from rooftops and to automatically manage its reuse as groundwater recharge and potable water offsets. This is a lynchpin infrastructure innovation for all three brownfield redevelopments.

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

This will be amazing and exactly what Saint Paul should be doing!

Anonymous

On: 02-25-2016

Great to see a city tackling infrastructure issues before building.

Antonio B.

On: 02-25-2016

I like the vision, especially for the Ford site, i hope the execution is in keeping with the vision.

Mindy

On: 02-25-2016

The City of St. Paul is at a critical juncture in moving forward in the new economy. This project will advance efforts currently underway and catalyze the city's management of growth in a sustainable manner.

Britta S.

On: 02-24-2016

In the highly developed and urbanized landscape of St. Paul, we need to take advantage of any redevelopment opportunity that will allow us to incorporate multi-benefit best management practices using innovative and creative approaches. Clean water is our responsibility as St. Paulites, but also as people living in the Upper Mississippi River Watershed!

Patricia Cavanaugh

On: 02-24-2016

These three sites offer an important opportunity to protect the Mississippi River, enhance livability, and develop models for application elsewhere. With CHS Field, the Green Line and other projects, St. Paul and its partner agencies have demonstrated the ability to make the most of these opportunities.

Anonymous

On: 02-24-2016

Well considered and innovative thinking and planning. I am eager to see this happen. The benefits for St Paul are tremendous.

Derek Johnson

On: 02-24-2016

Great opportunity to impact water issues and redevelopment at key moment in time

Blaine Nelson, Baltimore

On: 02-24-2016

This is awesome.

Rina McManus

On: 02-24-2016

Very forward thinking endeavor that emphasizes the value of nature in our lives and the need for conservation and protection of natural resources to benefit and improve public health. Further, this plan prepares the community for the adaptations needed to address climate change

k Benson

On: 02-23-2016

St Paul plan sounds good

Stuart Knappmiller

On: 02-23-2016

As a homeowner who is planning a rain garden this year, I look forward to more government involvement in smart use/preservation of water. I would love to see Lake Phalen's creek flow to the Mississippi again someday and am excited to bike along the extension of Trout Creek west of 35E.

Mike Trojan

On: 02-23-2016

As a lifetime St. Paulite that worked in the environmental field, I was frustrated for many years at St. Paul's seeming lack of interest in environmental initiatives. That has changed dramatically in recent years. You can now walk in neighborhoods with beautiful rain gardens, wait for a train that sits atop an enormous stormwater tree system, walk along lakes where kiosks explain how shoreline has been restored, see baseball games at fields where turf is watered with stormwater, and more. This proposed work would continue this amazing turnaround.

Colleen Sheehy

On: 02-23-2016

I forgot to do my rating. Here you go.

Colleen Sheehy

On: 02-23-2016

The plan for stacked, green infrastructure at 3 key sites in Saint Paul is visionary while also building on strong foundations of inventive public art and infrastructure projects and community input. Saint Paul is at a tipping point in its urban design with so many major development projects underway. With our location in the northern section of the Mississippi River, this stormwater project can impact not only everyone in the Twin Cities but also people further downstream, affecting millions of people in numerous states.

Samantha Henningson

On: 02-23-2016

Saint Paul would do a great job of implementing this, and City Accelerator support would be incredible!

Laura Haynssen

On: 02-23-2016

A great idea for an issue that we don't always think about, but is so important for our environment. I especially like the idea of 'beautifying' stormwater management.

Craig Willford

On: 02-23-2016

What a great opportunity for funding and a good way to change the way we design sustainable green projects!

Nicholas Novacek Bundt

On: 02-23-2016

St Paul is a wonderful place to live, and getting some much needed riverfront development in a sustainable, sensible way would add a lot to a thriving community.

Dillon Donnelly

On: 02-23-2016

St. Paul has a storied history in both water and industry. It would be neat to see that narrative continue with this project. I enjoyed the presentation, it was a nice way to capture St. Paul.

Nancy

On: 02-23-2016

I am happy to see such a plan being considered

Shirley A. Reider

On: 02-22-2016

Humans are fascinated by water, nurtured and sustained by it. Rain water is the great cycle of life. Yet in urban, developed areas, we mostly hide it and treat it as waste or garbage to get rid of as quick as we can St. Pau views the cycle of stormwater as a natural resource that provides not only beauty and solace to our lives but also a resource to sustain human activities for work, agriculture and recreation. St. Paul has demonstrated their deep understanding of what water means to our citizens. St. Paul has already engaged in visionary planning for these 3 sites. They have committed the city to provide leadership enabling them to get ahead of developments to forge the needed partnerships between the public and private sectors. By getting this assistance in an Accelerator grant to develop the last economic part will bring these plans for water to the surface for a very vibrant, urban river community."

Emily

On: 02-22-2016

A great plan to protect our water resources in St. Paul.

Adam

On: 02-22-2016

Protection of our water resources through innovative approaches that have multiple shared benefits is an ambitious and necessary endeavor.

Anna

On: 02-22-2016

For over a century in the US, stormwater has been seen as a nuisance that needs to be dealt with quickly, efficiently and cheaply with networks of pipes, catchbasins, outfalls and ponds. Yet in the past decade, our thinking has evolved and we've come around to see rainwater as a resource and identified green infrastructure solutions that gives back value to stormwater in a number of ways. Today our greatest challenge is on how to sustainably and equitably fund these solutions. A City Accelerator grant and the technical expertise provided it through it is essential for us to overcome this major hurdle and will help demonstrate how a shared stormwater district can promote redevelopment and improve efficiency in the use of a common resource.

Ger Pha

On: 02-22-2016

Excellent the idea, lets move forward with it.

Nate Zwonitzer

On: 02-22-2016

On the banks of the Mississippi River, St. Paul has natural resources in need of protection and leadership willing to find creative solutions. It's the perfect location to set a national example of how rain can be a resource. Let's make it happen!

Larry Soderholm

On: 02-22-2016

What a depressing thought...that the blessing of rainfall could be an impediment to bringing polluted urban brownfields back to productive use. Thanks for your creative thinking to turn this problem around.

Dolly

On: 02-22-2016

Exciting and innovative ideas are happening in St Paul! Let's continue the momentum!!!

Anonymous

On: 02-22-2016

Excellent forward thinking by the City!

Maya Smith

On: 02-22-2016

This seems like an excellent idea! Not only is it effective and cost efficient but it looks gorgeous.

Cat Thompson

On: 02-21-2016

I am so impressed by St. Paul's longterm visions! From massive indoor vertical gardening at both of the old breweries, to this plan for restructuring how water moves from one place to another, the city has consistently shown leadership and vision at a time when many other cities/states are simply raping and pillaging their land. I will support this project in any way I can and look forward to seeing how it all turns out. Bravo!!

Mary Alice Smalls

On: 02-21-2016

Utilization of existing resources in a sustainable manner belonging to the Public for the public good

PSG

On: 02-21-2016

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Ellen Brown

On: 02-21-2016

The Mississippi River is a national resource, not just a Saint Paul or Monnesota one. Improved storm water management and brownfield mitigation is important far beyond our borders.

Joan Pasiuk

On: 02-20-2016

Yes -- good stewardship of our precious water resource. Innovative approaches are critical for projects with large financial burden. A cohort across city agencies sounds great, but too limited. County, state, and private sector (developers, banks, etc) stakeholders can help stimulate maximum innovation.

Nissa

On: 02-20-2016

This is fabulous - don't forget to talk about the wonderful health benefits that will result as well (air quality, mental health, social cohesion, etc.)!

Virgil

On: 02-20-2016

This is a great plan. Let's embrace water's role in the history and future of St. Paul!

Ryan Seibold

On: 02-20-2016

Water is the best resource for connecting cities back to natural systems. Greening the infrasrructure illuminates our needs to build better cities that work more like an ecosystem. The St. Paul proposal could be a model for the country, by looking at other cities in Europe that are quite far ahead in dealing with these issues of urban natural systems.

DeborahC

On: 02-20-2016

This is a great idea. Let's get it done!

H Douglas Smith

On: 02-20-2016

Missed the rating first time.

H Douglas Smith

On: 02-20-2016

We need to find more creative ways to handle storm water runoff than dumping it into the rivers. Before building cities of asphalt, concrete, and other impervious materials much of storm water was absorbed and returned to the aquifers. Our aquifers are finite and must be replenished.

Rick Sanders

On: 02-20-2016

My rating was missing on first post. Still standing strong on the vision this project will bring to the twin cities. If we don't get involved we louse.

Sarah Currier

On: 02-20-2016

Saint Paul continues to do innovative and exciting things with water management. The river has always been an essential part of the city. Taking care of it keeps the city the wonderful place that it is.

Mary heart

On: 02-20-2016

St Paul is a great city to invest in.

Anonymous

On: 02-20-2016

Sounds like there will be too many cooks in the kitchen & nothing will inevitably get accomplished. The more "partnering" that happens the less "completion" occurs. "Paralysis by committee" or "bureaucratic naval gazing" with end result many reports with many syllables used, millions of dollars wasted but no true thing you can say "look what I did, Mom!"

Richard Holst

On: 02-20-2016

Couldn't happen soon enough!

Juanita

On: 02-20-2016

Shows responsibility.

Barbara Lehn

On: 02-20-2016

My beloved city of St. Paul need this.

Greg Lais

On: 02-20-2016

Very innovative!

Shannon

On: 02-19-2016

Water is such a driving force in Saint Paul. It would be great to help the City highlight our water resources in a way that is maintainable.

Angie Nalezny

On: 02-19-2016

Finding and/or duplicating a best practice stormwater management plan will benefit the community and environment and seems to be such a no-brainer!

Paul Sawyer

On: 02-19-2016

I love this! This is the type of thinking we need to make cities sustainable in the future!

Andriana Abariotes

On: 02-19-2016

Water is our past, present and future here in St. Paul and the region. Creative problem solving and learning together would be a great boost to our future sustainability and prosperity.

Vicki Plaistow

On: 02-19-2016

It is necessary for the City of St. Paul to make these important improvements that are environmentally sustainable!

Katheryn Schneider

On: 02-19-2016

I think St Paul should receive the financing to do their project. Water is critical to all living life. It is important that all cities can manage storm water in a way that preserves the quality of the water. This project will be a model for other cities. Minnesotans are practical and engaged citizens. Like so many capitol cities, ST Paul does not have a large tax base, so it would be very difficult to get the money for this project. St Paul is a historic city but has a growing diverse population. Climate Change is going to make storm water management even more important in St Paul. Storms will hang around longer dumping large amounts of water on to city streets.

Rick Sanders

On: 02-19-2016

Stromwater has always been a resourse. Lets do this.

Jim McDonough

On: 02-19-2016

A great proposal lessons learn can and will be replicated in many cities. Redeveloping in an urban city such as St Paul is always difficult doing in a sustainable manner that provides benefits for years to come is important

Travis Bistodeau

On: 02-19-2016

With development booming in the City of St. Paul, proactive and thoughtful approaches to stormwater management, like that demonstrated in this proposal, is critical to the long term success of this great city! Very exciting ideas!

Dot Drake

On: 02-19-2016

This plan sounds like Saint Paul was always meant to be. I suggest you include FMR in your planning.

Joseph Alton

On: 02-19-2016

Let's do this!

Bob Fossum

On: 02-19-2016

Rain as a Resource. This is how we need to be thinking about rain and stormwater. Let's figure out how to finance it and Bring Water Back to St. Paul!

Bob Fossum

On: 02-19-2016

"Rain as a Resource" This is how we need to be thinking about rain and stormwater. Let's figure out how to finance it and Bring Water Back to St. Paul!

Donna Drummond

On: 02-19-2016

Help us do something amazing!

Elizabeth Olson

On: 02-19-2016

This would be fantastic for St. Paul and the whole metro area.

Grant Boelter

On: 02-19-2016

The Ford site in particular may be the biggest redevelopment opportunity Minneapolis-St. Paul has! Responsible stormwater management would go so far toward making this site a net positive for the community. In addition, the park space created through this proposal would be a huge asset to the region!

Lisa Nisenson

On: 02-19-2016

Los of goals packed into one project!

Jules Atangana

On: 02-19-2016

Great idea. We can only move forward by finding innovative solutions that minimize the uses of resources.

Rebecca Saunders-Pearce

On: 02-19-2016

Clear and forward thinking. One of the strongest aspects of this plan is that it considers equity a priority in St.Paul living spaces. Vibrant open spaces for all, that is truly thoughtful.

Mary Kay Bailey

On: 02-19-2016

It's so important to have approaches that address multiple bottom-lines! Innovative stormwater management practices that provide green space and respite, reduce the urban heat island affect and clean stormwater - that's at least a triple win!!!

Vicki Lee

On: 02-19-2016

A great idea and approach. Would be wonderful to implement here!

Ellen Stewart

On: 02-19-2016

Great idea and well developed approach!

Margaret Jones

On: 02-19-2016

Most people don't even think of Stormwater. Luckily it is a huge topic of interest among our City leaders! This would be awesome!!

Kristin Guild

On: 02-19-2016

Often the coolest parts of cities are the hardest to pull off. Saint Paul has several immediate opportunities to create shared stormwater facilities that are truly amenities to surrounding residents and businesses. We don’t mean the stormwater pond that looked nice on the site plan, but may now be littered with plastic bags – we mean a truly balanced ecosystem that performs all the filtering and treatment functions of a stormwater pond AND is a beautiful natural place with plant and animal diversity. Being selected for the City Accelerator would help us work through the tricky details around ownership, financing and maintenance. The model we create will be replicable throughout the country.

Russ Stark

On: 02-19-2016

Great opportunity to incorporate stormwater into some major redevelopment sites in St. Paul that will make the city more sustainable and beautiful simultaneously.

Wes

On: 02-19-2016

Isn't this what Living Cities is about? Overcoming municipal barriers and transforming neighborhoods with quality infrastructure!

John McCarthy

On: 02-19-2016

St. Paul is a river city. We need to protect this vital natural resource.

Ross Currier

On: 02-19-2016

Saint Paul is working on a number of projects that are implementing the most cutting edge of both the science and the art of stormwater management. This funding would help support continuing this excellent work.

Dai Thao

On: 02-19-2016

This project will benefit the community, environment, and spur economic vitality. For Midway and Ford, an overall successful stormwater management system at these sites could also be a model for other development across the country.

Kevin Roggenbuck

On: 02-19-2016

And here are the stars.

Kevin Roggenbuck

On: 02-19-2016

Innovative and effective ways to treat storm water that also serve as a significant, attractive development amenity.

Ashley

On: 02-19-2016

I'm on board. How can I help?

Adam Gardner

On: 02-19-2016

These are big projects going on in Saint Paul that need big funding. Help make Saint Paul great by funding these community-building projects.

Mollie Scozzari

On: 02-19-2016

Lots of amazing redevelopment opportunities in Saint Paul right now! This support would be so great.

Jody Martinez

On: 02-19-2016

Saint Paul is poised to make great progress concerning shared, stacked infrastructure improvements. This program would help propel us over the last hurdle!

Libby Kantner

On: 02-19-2016

Great idea! Wes Saunders-Pierce rocks!

Joan

On: 02-19-2016

Climate change is bringing more frequent storms and urban flooding. This is an innovative (and proven) solution with many additional benefits such as preventing pollutants from being drained into the Mississippi.

Harry Varney

On: 02-19-2016

Clean water is way under-valued and should be managed and treated as the vital asset that it is. It is always less expensive to protect water resources than it is to clean it up after it has been contaminate.

Hilary Lovelace

On: 02-19-2016

There are amazing opportunities in Saint Paul to improve our stormwater management!

Kathleen Anglo

On: 02-19-2016

Stormwater isn't a yours and mine issue, it's an everyone issue. Creating partnerships to benefit our water resources seems like a no-brainer. Now, let's figure out how to make it easy!

Merritt Clapp-Smith

On: 02-19-2016

Stormwater as a centrally treated system that creates a public amenity makes sense economically, socially and environmentally. If we can address the upfront investment hurdle, these systems will pay dividends for our communities and our city for a century!

Deirdre

On: 02-19-2016

Great for the future of StP and everyone else below us in the Mississippi watershed!!

John Ward

On: 02-19-2016

Saint Paul is already amazing. But let's take it to the next level.

Roxanne Kimball

On: 02-19-2016

Yes please!

Kate

On: 02-19-2016

Can't wait to see this proposal become reality in Saint Paul.

Jim Giebel

On: 02-19-2016

I would say this idea is "Right as rain!"

Lindsay VanPatten

On: 02-19-2016

The proposals for these three projects in our state's capital city all seek to maximize community resiliency and natural resources. Saint Paul is lucky to have leaders interested in innovating the process and maximizing community benefit.

Andrea

On: 02-19-2016

St. Paul is thinking strategically about the future, with targeted development.

Brian

On: 02-19-2016

St. Paul has some seriously impactful projects happening that could be transformational.

SHeil Terryll

On: 02-19-2016

Great proposal. Great urban development and stewardship.

Nancy Homans

On: 02-19-2016

Figuring out how to do more (much more!) with each public redevelopment dollar will serve our city, our budget and our environment well.

Kristin Beckmann

On: 02-19-2016

Redeveloping urban brown fields with smart storm water management is a necessity in this city on the Mississippi River. Not only does it protect the river as a natural asset, good storm water infrastructure can be an economic development tool. Figuring out financing for public investment in this green infrastructure will spur private development of housing and commercial space. Its also necessary in building climate resilient cities.

Joanna Brookes

On: 02-19-2016

Great idea. We need this!

Forrest Kelley

On: 02-18-2016

Determining the policies and funding approaches to create innovative stormwater solutions that provide benefit to the public and private sectors is an essential step to making green infrastructure happen in St. Paul. The knowledge, skills, and creativity are there, but a new implementation approach is needed.