Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Resolution
2018-115

Resolution Approving a Professional Service Agreement with Hennepin County, on Behalf of the Hennepin County Environmental Services, for Wetland Health Evaluation Program Services Effective May 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 in the Amount of $18,000.

Information

Department:Environmental ManagementSponsors:
Category:Professional Services AgreementProjects:No Project

Item Discussion

 

Whereas, The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is the steward of the Minneapolis park and recreation system;

 

Whereas, The mission of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is to permanently preserve, protect, maintain, improve, and enhance its natural resources, parkland, and recreational opportunities for current and future generations;

 

Whereas, The Hennepin County Environmental Services staff utilize trained volunteers to collect and analyze wetland data from partner sites throughout Hennepin and Dakota County for the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) to characterize a wetland’s biological health based on metrics developed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency;

 

Whereas, The WHEP volunteers monitor vegetation and invertebrate species, and Hennepin County staff cross-check data for accuracy, synthesize and report the collected data back to the MPRB and to the public;

 

Whereas, The MPRB has participated in agreements with Hennepin County for WHEP services for more than twelve consecutive years to monitor the health of wetlands selected within the Minneapolis park system, and has used this data to support management efforts of these sites;

 

Whereas, The WHEP services and agreement are supported by Vision Theme 1:  Urban Forests, Natural Areas, and Waters that Endure and Captivate as articulated in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan;

 

Whereas, An agreement has been created between the MPRB and Hennepin County delineating the terms of the WHEP services and MPRB legal counsel has reviewed and approved the agreement; and

 

Whereas, The MPRB’s Environmental Management Department has budgeted funds to cover the expenses of the Wetland Health Evaluation Program;

 

RESOLVED, That the Board of Commissioners approve the Professional Service Agreement with Hennepin County, on behalf of the Hennepin County Environmental Services, for Wetland Health Evaluation Program services effective May 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 in the amount of $18,000; and

 

RESOLVED, That the President of the Board and Secretary to the Board are authorized to take all necessary actions to implement this resolution.

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BACKGROUND

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) wishes to enter into a Professional Service Agreement (AttachmentA_2018 WHEP Agreement) with Hennepin County, on behalf of Hennepin County Environmental Services. The agreement provides Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP) services for selected wetland sites located within the Minneapolis park system.  The agreement runs from May 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 and is in the amount of $18,000.

 

WHEP utilizes teams of trained volunteers to collect and analyze wetland data to characterize wetland health.  Hennepin County Environmental Services staff then cross-check, synthesize, and report the collected data back to the MPRB and to the public.  Hennepin County currently partners with cities and other water management organizations throughout Hennepin and Dakota Counties on this program.   

 

The MPRB has participated in agreements with Hennepin County for WHEP services since 2002. Every summer between two and six wetlands (as selected by MPRB staff) are monitored within Minneapolis.  Sites have included Webber Natural Swimming Pool Regeneration Basin, Southwest Calhoun Wetland, Diamond Lake and Robert’s Bird Sanctuary.  Vegetation and invertebrate data collected are used to evaluate the wetland’s biological health based on metrics developed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.  MPRB staff use data collected through this partnership to support management efforts of the wetland areas that have been monitored. 

 

An agreement has been created between the MPRB and Hennepin County delineating the terms for the Wetland Health Evaluation Program services, and MPRB legal counsel has reviewed and approved the agreement.  MPRB’s Environmental Management Department has budgeted funds to cover the expenses of the WHEP services.

 

This agreement is coming before the Board even though it is below $100,000 because Hennepin County requires Board approval of this agreement.

 

RECOMMENDATION

Staff recommends that the Board of Commissioners approve the Professional Services Agreement with Hennepin County, on behalf of the Hennepin County Environmental Services, for Wetland Health Evaluation Program services May 1, 2018 to December 31, 2020 in the amount of $18,000.

 

This action is supported by the following vision and goal statement in the MPRB 2007-2020 Comprehensive Plan:

 

Vision Theme 1:               Urban Forests, Natural Areas, and Waters that Endure and Captivate

Goal:                                          Sound Management Techniques Provide Healthy, Diverse, and                                                                      Sustainable Natural Resources.

 

Meeting History

Feb 7, 2018 5:00 PM  Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Regular Meeting
RESULT:ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Meg Forney, Commissioner At Large
SECONDER:Chris Meyer, Commissioner District 1
AYES:Brad Bourn, AK Hassan, Meg Forney, Londel French, Chris Meyer, Kale Severson, Jono Cowgill, Steffanie Musich
ABSENT:LaTrisha Vetaw