A Federal 319 grant was awarded to the Washington Conservation District to develop and pilot a Community Assistance Package (CAP) and provide a real testing ground for the application of the new MIDS performance goals, credits and calculators. The pilot community project involves regional and focused community assistance in the form of education, training, review and consultation services, and tools and resources such as ordinance goals. Education and training includes NEMO-Nonpoint source Education for Municipal Officials and Stormwater U-technical training for staff and consultants.
Four pilot communities were selected in the St. Croix Basin-Centre City, Chisago, Lindstrom and East Bethel. These communities received free education, training and consulting services to update plans, ordinances and codes to protect their local water resources and ultimately the St. Croix River.
A Community Assistance Package (CAP) was submitted to the MPCA and has undergone a review process. The package includes performance goals, a calculator for determining stormwater credits for best management practices and ordinance guidance for communities. Use of the MIDS CAP can help a community measure progress toward water and natural resource protection and restoration goals.