Minnesota Public Drainage Manual Update

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Minnesota Public Drainage Manual Update

Overview

Our team led the update to the Minnesota Public Drainage Manual that was originally published in 1991.

Twenty-five years after its original publication, the Minnesota Public Drainage Manual (MPDM) has been updated and published in a wiki site format on the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) website. HEI’s team led the update to this manual and the creation of the wiki site, which eases access for users to find periodic updates.

How It Began

The project began with stakeholder focus groups around Minnesota to develop an understanding of how the old manual was being utilized, how it could be improved to meet today’s user’s needs, and to gain insights from practitioners on forms and tools that they were using to better manage their systems. These stakeholder focus groups provided valuable information to the team on what was needed to assure the updated manual would provide the greatest value to the users.

The decision to provide the manual in a wiki site format was a result from the focus groups’ desire to have the manual in an easy-to-use electronic format that allowed for instant updates to information for users to access immediately.

New and Improved

The new manual content was improved and formatted to address many items that have changed since the original manual was published in 1991.

  • The updated language provides an enhanced understanding of the regulatory environment that has evolved and will continue to require greater coordination by all parties into the future.
  • An enhanced description of the legal framework provided in statute and in court decisions that have shaped the present understanding of the roles, rights, and obligations within the management of public systems was also included to provide additional detail and references for manual users.
  • A new chapter was added that provides Best Management Practice (BMP) approaches for managing water volume and water quality concerns within drainage systems.

The Team

“This truly was a team effort by the authors and supporting staff at HEI and Rinke Noonan,” said Kramka. “Both teams worked tirelessly to ensure that the manual provides the best available, most reliable and accurate information on the management of the public drainage systems in Minnesota.”

Managing the diversity of comments and perspectives of the various stakeholders, while delivering a manual that respects the integrity of all parties in the drainage process was job one

HEI’s expertise in public drainage system management, engineering, and innovative management solutions made for a natural fit for leading and managing this project. We are proud to have been part of this historic update to the manual.

  • Comprehensive stakeholder meetings gave users a chance to identify improvements and provide input to the final product.
  • Updated manual was developed using modern layouts and updated technology to create a document that is easy to work with.
  • Expertise and a strong understanding of Minnesota Statute 103E.
Project Details

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Client: Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources

Location: Minnesota

Project Highlights
  • Comprehensive stakeholder meetings gave users a chance to identify improvements and provide input to the final product.
  • Updated manual was developed using modern layouts and updated technology to create a document that is easy to work with.
  • Expertise and a strong understanding of Minnesota Statute 103E.
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