2017 Sustainable City Award Winner

League of Minnesota Cities awards City of New Hope for sustainability efforts

(June 15, 2017—Rochester, Minn.) The City of New Hope has received the League of Minnesota Cities (LMC) 2017 Sustainable City Award for its Northwood Lake stormwater improvement project. The award was presented today at the LMC Annual Conference in Rochester.

The Sustainable City Award is presented yearly to a single city participating in the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program. GreenStep Cities is a voluntary program that provides support and technical assistance to local governments to help them reach their sustainability goals.

In 2013, water quality monitoring performed at Northwood Lake indicated that the lake’s average phosphorus concentrations were over four times higher than the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s water quality standards for shallow lakes. To address this concern, the city made reducing stormwater sediment discharge into the lake a top priority.

By using rain gardens and a stormwater pond on Jordan Avenue North near Northwood Lake, the city provided the lake with better protection from its pollution sources. A 160,000-gallon water reuse system/stormwater treatment structure was also constructed and has the potential to produce up to $10,000 in annual irrigation cost savings.

New Hope joined the Minnesota GreenStep Cities program in 2015, reached Step 3 of the program in 2016, and is now considering pursuing Step 4 of the program.

The Northwood Lake project meets the goals of the program’s best practices related to stormwater management, parks and trails, and surface water quality.