Campus Groundwater Conservation Planning (CGCP)
This special TSA 4 program will develop protocols for implementation on large-acreage, public campuses (e.g. public schools, hospitals, and government facilities). These areas are targeted due to their educational benefits, likelihood of stakeholder buy in and implementation, magnitude of potential impact, and opportunity for school district-wide implementation.
This project will design and apply a systematic approach to identify and rank groundwater conservation BMPs in terms of cost-effectiveness. Similar to the statewide benefits provided through the stormwater retrofit analysis process, TSA 4 is confident this protocol will expand to all areas of the state, thereby ultimately providing long-lasting, far-reaching groundwater conservation efforts. Because this ranking stems from a thorough understanding of both the benefits of a project and the associated costs, the findings will inform and facilitate adoption of new groundwater conservation standards by regulatory entities.
Success of this project will be defined by (a) the number of metro-area SWCD’s that sustain water use conservation planning, (b) the number of plans completed and schools/districts engaged, (c) the number of conservation opportunities identified, and (d) the volume water conservation that can be achieved through implementation of identified BMPs.
Similar to home energy use audits designed to identify opportunities to save energy, or the Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) to help businesses refine their practices to reduce pollutants, save energy, and maximize efficiencies, this project will refine those, or other suitable planning protocols, for application to campus groundwater conservation planning. The protocol provided by this metro-wide effort will identify and rank conservation BMPs based on cost-effectiveness.