Shoreview residents set water priorities at open house

City also seeks input through ongoing survey.

An open house about the 2018-2028 City Surface Water Management Plan was held at Shoreview City Hall on Nov. 30. The completed plan will guide future city activities toward protecting and improving the quality of Shoreview’s water resources.

Shoreview City Engineer Tom Wesolowski said the meeting was very well attended, noting that 40 people officially signed in and that attendees were engaged, asking a lot of questions. The open house was scheduled to run from 5 to 7 p.m., but Wesolowski said people hung around past 7:30 p.m.

Wesolowski said the biggest issues identified by residents during the meeting were recent high water levels that have led to flooding and maintaining the city’s water system infrastructure. 

Over the last few years, there has been some flooding in a few areas in Shoreview, Wesolowski said. Though he noted that there has been “no real structural damage of any habitable properties,” residents are having issues with rising water levels drowning trees or their yard. 

Storm ponds are key to water system infrastructure. They store and clean stormwater and other kinds of runoff. A lot of ponds were installed in the 1980s, according to Wesolowski, and, after decades of stormwater runoff that can include oil from cars parked throughout the city, the ponds are due for updating. Wesolowski said the city has begun efforts to maintain its ponds. 

The city also seeks resident input on water issues through a survey on its website. Wesolowski said Shoreview will continue gathering survey data through most of December and release a final survey report next year.

The survey asks respondents how they use Shoreview water resources, to identify any surface water issues, if they live in a Shoreview neighborhood with a private stormwater facility, what respondents’ top priorities are for the next decade of water management, what the greatest threats to the city’s water resources are and if the respondent would be interested in a grant to help fund a private water quality project on their property, such as a rain garden.

Shoreview Mayor Sandy Martin said citizens can see how they use their water and how their water use compares with their neighbors by signing up for the WaterSmart Home Water Report. 

For the survey, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/SPFF7TC

For more information on the WaterSmart Home Water Report program, go to www.shoreviewmn.gov/services/shoreview-water-conservation-program and click on the home water report link. 


– Solomon Gustavo can be reached at sgustavo@lillienews.com or 651-748-7815. 

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