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Hy-Vee and South Washington Watershed District Receive Sustainable City Award for Stormwater Project
Cottage Grove, Minn. – April 21, 2017 – The Cottage Grove City Council presented the 2017 Sustainable City Award to Hy-Vee, Inc. and South Washington County Watershed District at the April 19 City Council meeting. The organizations were each recognized for their work on the stormwater management system that was part of the Grove Plaza Redevelopment project.
Hy-Vee, Inc. converted the existing stormwater pond, which had the capacity of treating about 40 percent of the Grove Plaza’s runoff to a new underground stormwater management system that can treat 90 percent of the site’s runoff. This new system goes above and beyond what is required by current standards and will result in improved water quality of the runoff. In addition, Hy-Vee plans to install a wind turbine and electric car charging station. Hy-Vee’s Real Estate Director Phil Hoy accepted the award.
As Hy-Vee’s stormwater management system was being designed they applied for a grant through the South Washington Watershed District (SWWD) Coordinated Capital Improvement Program. The grant award projects that provide treatment above and beyond what is required. The Hy-Vee project received a grant that would pay for 35 percent of project costs. This funding through the SWWD was critical in making the additional treatment feasible and seeing this project completed. The South Washington County Watershed District Administrator Matt Moore and Board President Jack Lavold accepted the award.
With stormwater runoff from Cottage Grove flowing to the Mississippi River, projects such as this one are important to maintaining water quality in the river.
The Sustainable City Award was created and adopted in 2013 by the Cottage Grove Environmental Commission to recognize businesses, individuals and organizations that use innovative programs and practices to promote sustainability in the Cottage Grove community. Nominations are accepted year–round with winners announced annually on or near Earth Day. Werner Electric Supply received the inaugural award in 2014; Pine Hill Elementary received the award in 2015; District 833 and resident Sherry Holtmeyer received the award in 2016.