Watershed districts have been partnering with golf courses, city parks, and school districts to construct stormwater harvest and reuse projects. The regulatory burden on these projects will be a little lighter, as the 2017 Legislature exempted stormwater reuse projects from the requirement to obtain a DNR water appropriations permit.
Harvest and reuse projects reduce use of drinking water for simple irrigation, and more policy work to help support such efforts is yet to come. The Clean Water Fund Water Reuse project involves an interagency work group that is expected later this summer to recommend further measures to promote successful reuse projects.
For a look at stormwater reuse projects around Minnesota, view our gallery.