Water Resources

The Water Resources Plan includes a set of coordinated policies and strategies on wastewater, surface water, and water supply. It specifies areas to be sewered by the public wastewater system and sets standards of operation, protects water quality and addresses water quantity issues, and ensures a safe and sufficient water supply now and in the future.

Comp Plan Conversations: Water Resources

Mon, June 12
Agenda | Minutes

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Proposed Water Resources Objectives

Goal 1: Sustain and Improve Water Quality


  • Achieve pollutant load reductions (eg, as specified in TMDLs) as required  by the state or watershed management organizations.
  • Achieve BCMWC and MPCA water quality standards in city lakes and streams to preserve beneficial uses.
  • Minimize hydrologic alterations to Bassett Creek.
  • Minimize the rate and volume of storm water runoff entering Bassett Creek.
  • Minimize pollutant loading from storm water runoff through non-point source reduction and treatment.
  • Comply with all applicable storm water regulations established by the Federal Government, the State of Minnesota, Hennepin County, the BCWMC, the MCWD, and the Metropolitan Council.
  • Minimize erosion and sedimentation to protect the city’s water resources.
  • Implement soil protection and sedimentation controls whenever necessary to maintain public health, safety, and welfare.
  • Sustain a healthy water supply.

Goal 2: Protect and Enhance Aquatic Resources


  • Preserve and enhance the quality and quantity of wetlands.
  • Develop wetland performance standards.
  • Protect and restore natural areas.
  • Protect and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
  • Preserve and enhance the quality of aquatic resources to enhance aesthetics and associated recreational opportunities.
  • Maintain the integrity and ecological function of shoreland areas.
  • Protect the quantity and quality of groundwater resources.

Goal 3: Reduce the Risk and Impact of Floods


  • Minimize the risk of flooding along Bassett Creek and its tributaries.
  • Protect human life, property, and natural and constructed surface water systems that may be damaged by flood events.

Goal 4: Maintain and Rehabilitate Infrastructure


  • Rehabilitate water supply system components to improve system effectiveness.
  • Implement programs to periodically evaluate the condition of water infrastructure and system performance.
  • Maintain the City’s stormwater system to consistently provide the intended level of service and protection.
  • Develop or expand programs to help ensure periodic maintenance of the sewer system.
  • Establish procedures and ordinances to protect the City’s sewer infrastructure.
  • Determine the City’s equipment and staffing needs.

Goal 5: Ensure Capacity of Systems Meet Future Needs


  • Sustain a healthy and viable water supply.
  • Implement strategies to manage the impact of future precipitation and climate patterns on City storm water infrastructure and planning.
  • Use future growth forecasts in population, households, and employment to ensure adequate system capacity.
  • Ensure that land use decisions reflect the opportunities and limitations of existing or planned infrastructure.

Goal 6: Balance Water Usage and Conservation


  • Limit per capita residential demand for water.
  • Limit peak daily demand for water.
  • Limit total peak daily purchases of water from Minneapolis.
  • Limit unaccounted-for water in the system.

Goal 7: Involve and Educate the Public in Water Resource Management


  • Involve Golden Valley residents in water resource related issues.
  • Build community capacity to implement storm water best management practices at a local level.
  • Educate Golden Valley residents about water resource related issues.

Comp Plan
In A Box

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