Baldwin getting newest sewer system

Baldwin Township Engineer Jon Bogart said the township is ready to go out for bids for the 142nd Street sewer project.
The grant dollars should be around $14,000 from the Soil and Water Conservation District plus additional grant money to cover the engineering costs.
The project will include the installation of a SAFL Baffle, which, according to Bogart, is the newest and latest and greatest in storm water systems. The SAFL Baffle, invented at the University of Minnesota’s St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, is a stainless steel device that is used to improve water quality in sump manholes.
The SAFL Baffle works to keep sediment in place so it can be collected and removed by maintenance personnel. University of Minnesota researchers found that the SAFL Baffle promotes sediment settling during regular storms and prevents washout during intense storms.
Upstream Technologies is the Minnesota company that manufactures, markets and sells the SAFL Baffle. A portion of the sales is paid to the University of Minnesota in exchange for the use of its patent. The money is then used to fund more research and innovation.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation funded the initial development of the device.
Bogart is hopeful that the SAFL Baffle will solve the long-standing problems that residents are having on 142nd Street. And the majority of the project is being paid for by grant dollars, he said.
Baldwin adopts all-hazard mitigation plan
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 established a planning process that jurisdictions use to come up with a plan to lessen the impact of disasters, natural and man-made, on the community. The Sherburne County plan has been reviewed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and has been found to meet all of the requirements.
Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage.
The development and adoption of a hazard mitigation plan makes communities eligible for certain kinds of FEMA funds.

  • Many cities are now currently doing this exact same thing and making sure that there is something to filter the storm water. Having a water filter system of any kind to filter the storm water is a great idea, and should be implemented in every large city. There is just too much pollution that can be just swept away that can infect our natural waters, and should be a standard in all cities.