A street reconstruction project in Fridley proved to be an ideal chance to construct new cost-effective stormwater control measures. The MWMO provided a grant to the city to fund improvements like water-absorbing bioswale bumpouts, boulevard raingardens and an underground stormwater treatment system at Summit Square Park.
Completed in 2017, the improvements will treat stormwater runoff from approximately 30 acres, removing an estimated average of 4,787 pounds of suspended solids and 26.37 pounds of phosphorus each year. The project is also creating new opportunities for stormwater education, as the city is partnering with residents on managing the raingardens and bioswales. Fridley is contributing $75,000 of its own funds toward the stormwater improvements.