Rochester wins the Blue Star Award!

July 15th, 2014  |  Trevor Russell

Rochester, like all Blue Star communities, is taking a leadership role in protecting Minnesota's water resources and public health through excellence in stormwater management.

Rochester is one of only 19 cities in Minnesota to earn the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater Management.

In addition, Rochester earned special recognition for its performance.

  • Rochester earned the 8th highest overall score out of more than 40 participating communities in the state and is recognized on the Blue Star Leaderboard.
  • Rochester earned the 2nd highest score in the state on the "Stormwater Pollution Prevention" section of the assessment.

Rochester is doing truly exceptional work managing area stormwater. Please join us in thanking and congratulating the community, including:

  • Rochester city council members and Mayor Ardell Brede.
  • Barbara Huberty, Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Coordinator.
  • Colby Fangman, Storm Water Utility Seasonal Assistant.
  • City crews who implement stormwater best management practices.
  • City staff and community organizations helping to protect our water.

For more coverage of Rochester's Blue Star Award, visit:

Roseville wins the Blue Star Award!

February 5th, 2014  |  Trevor Russell

The City of Roseville scored high enough on the Blue Star Award assessment to earn its place as only of only 18 cities in the state to earn the rigorous Blue Star Award for excellence in stormwater management since the Award's inception in 2010.

In addition, Roseville earns special recognition for the following:

  • Roseville earned the 5th highest score in the state and is recognized on the Blue Star Leaderboard.
  • The earned the 4th highest score in the "Planning and Preservation" section of the assessment.
  • Roseville earned the 2nd highest score in the "Stormwater Pollution Prevention" section of the assessment.

Roseville is doing truly exceptional work managing area stormwater. Please join us in thanking and congratulating Roseville's staff and leadership, including:

  • Pat Dolan, Maintenance and Fleet Supervisor who took the lead on completing the Blue Star Assessment
  • Tony Thury, Utilities Supervisor (now retired)
  • Duane Schwartz, Public Works Director
  • Ryan Johnson, Environmental Specialist
  • City crews who implement stormwater BMPs
  • City elected officials who implement stormwater policy BMPs

Shoreview wins the Blue Star Award!

July 18th, 2013  |  Trevor Russell

This week, the City of Shoreview scored high enough on the rigorous Blue Star Assessment to earn the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater management.

Shoreview is one of just 17 cities in Minnesota to earn the Blue Star Award. In addition, the city earned special recognition for its performance:

  • Of more than 40 cities participating in the program, Shoreview earned the 7th highest overall score, and is recognized on the Blue Star Leaderboard.
  • Shoreview scored among the top five highest scoring communities in the
  • Shoreview also scored among the top five highest scoring communities in the “Stormwater Pollution Prevention” section of the Blue Star Assessment.

True to its name, the City of Shoreview cares about clean water. This award is a reflection of work done throughout the community.

Staff from Public Works, Parks and Recreation, and Community Development, along with local residents and elected leadership, have a lot of be proud of. Please join us in thanking and congratulating the community for their outstanding efforts.

Congratulations to Our Newest Blue Star City: Eden Prairie!

October 26th, 2012  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesota welcomes our newest Blue Star City!

Eden Prairie has completed their registration, completed the rigorous Blue Star Assessment, and has become the 16th Minnesota city to win the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater Management.

Special thanks goes out to City of Eden Prairie Environmental Coordinator Leslie Stovring and Environmental Intern Andrew Rotschafer for their leadership in successfully completing Eden Prairie's Blue Star Assessment.

This award is a reflection of work done throughout the community, including staff from Public Works, Parks, and Community Development, along with local residents and elected leadership.

Hats off to Eden Prairie for doing their part to protect and restore Minnesota's water resources.

Maplewood wins the Blue Star Award!

August 29th, 2012  |  Trevor Russell

This week, the City of Maplewood scored high enough on the rigorous Blue Star Assessment to earn the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater management.

Maplewood is the 15th community in Minnesota to earn the Blue Star Award. In addition, the city earned special recognition for its performance:

  • Of more than 40 cities participating in the program, Maplewood has earned the 4th highest score on the Blue Star Assessment, and is recognized on the Blue Star Leaderboard.
  • Maplewood also scored in the top five in the "Stormwater Pollution Prevention" section of the Assessment.
  • If that weren't enough, Maplewood has jumped ahead of Burnsville and earned the highest score in the State of Minnesota in the ‘Planning and Preservation’ section of the Blue Star Assessment!

This award is a reflection of work done throughout the community, including the staff and leadership at Public Works and Engineering, Parks, Forestry, Natural Resources, and Economic Development, and as well as local residents and elected officials.

Please join us in thanking and congratulating the community for their outstanding efforts.

Congratulations to our newest Blue Star City: Burnsville has qualified for the Blue Star Award

March 5th, 2012  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesota welcomes our newest Blue Star City!

The City of Burnsville has completed their registration, completed the rigorous Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award for Excellence in Community Stormwater Management.

Burnsville is the 14th community in Minnesota to earn the Blue Star Award. In addition, the city earns special recognition for its outstanding performance:

  • Burnsville is among the top 10 highest scoring cities in the state, (currently tied for 4th place) and is recognized on the Blue Star Leaderboard.
  • In addition, Burnsville earned the highest score in the State of Minnesota in the ‘Planning and Preservation’ section of the Blue Star Assessment!

Special thanks goes out to City of Burnsville Project Engineer Jeremy Strehlo and Assistant City Engineer Ryan Peterson for their leadership in successfully completing Burnsville's assessment.

This award is a reflection of work done throughout the community, including the staff and leadership in the Economic Development, Parks, Planning, Public Works and Engineering, and Sustainability Department as well as local residents and elected officials.

Congratulations on your outstanding efforts to protect and preserve Minnesota’s water resources through excellence in community stormwater management!

Lake Elmo Wins Blue Star Award

June 29th, 2011  |  Trevor Russell

Congratulations to our newest Blue Star Community: Lake Elmo! The City has has completed their registration, taken the Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award!

Lake Elmo earns special recognition as the only community in Minnesota to score in the top 5 in each of the three Blue Start Assessment categories. Lake Elmo also checks in as the third highest scoring community in Minnesota.

Congratulations to our friends in Lake Elmo for their extraordinary efforts to protect our state’s waters through excellence in community stormwater management.

Blue Star Award Presented to Independence, MN on May 24th

June 1, 2011  |  Trevor Russell

Star Award Program Coordinator Trevor Russell formally presented the City of Independence with their well-deserved Blue Star Award on Tuesday, May 24th 2011.

Independence Mayor Marvin Johnson formally accepted the award, along with city council members and City Administrator Toni Hirsch. Congrats once again to Independence, MN – the highest scoring Blue Star City in Minnesota!

For a link to the local news coverage of the Blue Star Award Presentation, visit PressNews.com. The Blue Star Award article is about half way down the page.

Edina Wins Blue Star Award!

May 22nd, 2011  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesota welcomes our newest Blue Star City! Edina has completed their registration, taken the Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award!

Thanks to City of Edina Utility Engineer Jesse Struve for taking the lead on Edina’s Blue Star Assessment. And congratulations to Edina for cracking Minnesota’s top-10 highest scoring cities!

Blue Star Award Presented to Cottage Grove Mayor & Council on March 16th

March 17th, 2011  |  Trevor Russell

Blue Star Award Program Coordinator Trevor Russell formally presented the City of Cottage Grove with their well-deserved Blue Star Award on Wednesday, March 16th, 2011.

Cottage Grove Mayor Myron Bailey, along with the Cottage Grove City Council and City Engineer Jennifer Levitt, were on hand to accept the award. On behalf of our program partners and the people of Minnesota who value their clean water, congratulations to Cottage Grove!

A Valentine's Day Gift for your Community: The Blue Star Award

February 2nd, 2011  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesotans have a lifelong love for our water. From our iconic big rivers to our fishing lakes to the Boundary Waters and our many wilderness areas – water is a fundamental part of our way of life.

For cities and townships that love our lakes, streams and wetlands – celebrate Valentine's Day with the best present you can give to our water: earn the Blue Star Award! The Blue Star Award is fast, simple, easy to understand, and a perfect way to tell show your community how much water means to you. Registration is free and easy, and you could be a Blue Star Community is a little more than an hour!

Register now!

Congratulations to Our Newest (and Highest Scoring) Blue Star Community: Independence!

November 29th, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesota welcomes our newest Blue Star Community! Independence, Minnesota has completed their registration, taken the Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award!

Independence earns special recognition as the highest scoring community in the state! Congratulations to our friends in Independence for their extraordinary efforts to protect our state’s waters through excellence in community stormwater management.

Blue Star Award Presented to Victoria Mayor on November 22nd, 2010

November 23rd, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Blue Star Award Program Coordinator Trevor Russell formally presented the City of Victoria with their well-deserved Blue Star Award on Monday, November 22nd, 2010.

Victoria Mayor Mary Hershberger Thun and Victoria Community Development Director Holly Kreft were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the City. Congrats again to Victoria!

Congratulations to Our Newest Blue Star City: Lino Lakes!

October 27th, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesota welcomes our newest Blue Star City! Lino Lakes has completed their registration, taken the Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award!

Lino Lakes earns special recognition as the only community so far to score in the top 5 in all three sections of the assessment so far

A special thanks to Lino Lakes Community Development Director Michael Grochala and Environmental Coordinator Marty Asleson, who were also instrumental in helping Blue Star Award Program refine the Blue Star Assessment. By working with us to “test drive” the Blue Star Assessment this spring, Mike & marty were invaluable in helping us improve the program for all Minnesota Communities.

Blue Star Award Presented to Stillwater Mayor on October 26th, 2010

October 26th, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Blue Star Award Program Coordinator Trevor Russell formally presented the City of Stillwater with their well-deserved Blue Star Award on Tuesday, October 26th, 2010.

Stillwater Mayor Ken Harycki and Public Works Director/City Engineer Shawn Sanders were on hand to accept the award on behalf of the City. Congrats again to Stillwater. Look for a photo of the award presentation ceremony here soon.

Blue Star Award Presented to Plymouth on October 12th, 2010

October 13th 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Blue Star Award Program Coordinator Trevor Russell formally presented the City of Plymouth with their well-deserved Blue Star Award on Tuesday, October 12th 2010.

Plymouth Mayor Kelli Slavik was on hand to accept the award on behalf of the City. Congrats again to Plymouth. Video of the Award presentation (including a humorous camera-malfunction snafu) is available online.

Congratulations to four more Blue Star Cities!

September 8, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Minnesota welcomes four more Blue Star Cities! Plymouth, Woodbury, Victoria and Stillwater have completed their registrations, taken the Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award!

These four communities have proven their commitment to Minnesota’s water resources by taking a leadership role in keeping our lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams free from stormwater pollution. On behalf of all of Minnesotans, thank you to our four newest Blue Star communities for your commitment to clean water!

Presenting the Blue Star Award in Blaine on September 16th, 2010

September 2, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Blue Star Award Program Coordinator Trevor Russell will be formally presenting the City of Blaine with their well-deserved Blue Star Award on September 16th, 2010.

Residents of Blaine, your are encouraged to come by City Hall for that night’s City Council meeting to thank your leaders for their commitment to clean water! We look forward to seeing you there!

Congratulations to Minnesota’s first four Blue Star Award Winning Communities!

August 4th, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

Hopkins, Grand Rapids, Blaine and St. Paul have completed their registrations, taken the Blue Star Assessment, and won the Blue Star Award! These four communities have proven their commitment to Minnesota’s water resources by taking a leadership role in keeping our lakes, rivers, wetlands and streams free from stormwater pollution.

Those four cities will soon be highlighted as Blue Star Cities on our “Participating Communities” Page, and will receive their official Blue Star Awards in the mail next week!

Thank you to our participating communities

August 3rd, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

A special thanks to the first 12 communities that have registered on the Blue Star Award website and begun their self-assessments.

While not all communities that take the self-assessment will earn the Blue Star Award at first, simply taking the assessment is a great step toward improving stormwater runoff management in these communities.

For any community that doesn’t score high enough to win the Award, the ‘next steps’ pages on your community dashboard will point you toward resources and partners you can work with to improve your score.

Blue Star Program opens July 19th

July 16th, 2010  |  Trevor Russell

The Blue Star Program will open to community assessments on July 19th 2010. Minnesota MS4 communities should receive their invitation letters to participate in the program on July 19th & 20th.

We look forward to awarding the first Minnesota Blue Star Awards very soon!