How does Low Impact Development affect Owatonna?

The City of Owatonna was awarded a $500,000 Low Impact Development (LID) grant in June 2008 by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). The grant will assist the city with development of stormwater management infrastructure designed to reduce the volume and rate of runoff and ultimately improve water quality.

The grant funds will be used to complete several LID projects in various locations throughout the city. The projects are designed to address flooding issues in the city and promote LID practices that will result in fewer problems in the future. The city has outlined the following objectives to implement LID practices:

  • Education for City Council and Staff
  • Mosher Rainwater Garden
  • Porous Pavement Alleys
  • Project Signage and Reports
  • Rose Street Parking Lot Rainwater Garden
  • Zoning Code Revisions

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4. How does Low Impact Development affect Owatonna?