Lake Protector

A small Minnesota city captures a big award for meeting stormwater challenges in the face of rapid growth brought on by migration from the nearby metro area
Lake Protector
From left, Becky Wozney and Shane Nelson from Hakanson Anderson Associates with Toni Hirsch and Bruce Satek from the City of Independence in front of a wetland near the new town hall. (Photography by Stephen Geffre)

The 2010 Blue Star Award for Minnesota’s best stormwater management went not to a big city like St. Paul, not to a mid-sized city like Rochester, but to the small rural community of Independence. The city has minimal water and sewer infrastructure, but its dedication to water...

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