Water Use & Quality
Residents of Grand Forks and the surrounding area know the importance and significance of water and how it can affect daily life. The Red and Red Lake Rivers and the associated watersheds are important to Grand Forks -- keeping them clean is critical to a healthy urban environment, safe recreation and high-quality wildlife habitat. Practices that help protect local waters include monitoring water use and quality, management of stormwater to keep pollutants out of the rivers and educating residents on how they can help manage stormwater.
2013 Activities and Updates
Water Usage Tracked
- In 2013 the City once again tracked water usage and data indicates that per capita usage was lower than in 2012 and nearly equivalent to that of 2011. The City Sustainability Program is working to determine if per capita water usage truly and fully measures the impact of water usage educational efforts. As those discussions continue among City Departments and employees, the public is invited to weigh in on their own water usage habits and provide input. Click HERE to share your stories, ideas and input.
- The City of Grand Forks and the North Dakota Department of Transportation partnered on a storm water and right of way improvement project on the SW corner of South Washington Street and 17th Avenue South. The project removed an old section of frontage road pavement and jersey barrier’s. In their place, a storm water Best Management Practices (BMP) filtration device (a.k.a rain garden) was constructed in conjunction with landscaping. In addition, a kiosk will be constructed where the benefits of rain gardens will be described along with information on designing and building rain gardens.