Land Use/ Stormwater Planning Tools for Amity Creek Watershed Landowners


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Greenview: A greenspace and parcel mapping tool for homeowners

(Designed for Duluth, Lakewood, and Rice Lake Townships - Minnesota)

Greenview is a mapping tool that provides a user friendly front-end to information needed for stormwater management. This tool allows you to zoom in and out on your property, measure distance and area, and view different layers of data including topography, soils, watersheds, zoning, aerial photographs. It is also designed to provide inputs to stormwater management programs developed by federal and state agencies...see National Stormwater Calculator and MIDS Calculator below.

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National Stormwater Calculator

Download & more information here

EPA’s National Stormwater Calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States (including Puerto Rico). The user supplies information about the site’s land cover and selects the types of low impact development (LID) controls they would like to use.  

Intended users? Anyone interested in reducing runoff from a property, including site developers, landscape architects, urban planners, and homeowners.



MPCA Minimal Impact Design Standards (MIDS) Calculator

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The MIDS calculator is a tool designed to quantify reductions in post-development runoff and pollutant loading using a variety of Low Impact Development practices. This graphic user interactive tool allows individuals to enter a project's site contitions and determine the amount of stormwater volume retention needed and the pollution loading (sediment and phosphorus). The calculator then provides a method to enter the users stormwater practices of choice and calculate the amount of stormwater volume and pollution reduction they can achieve.

Intended Users? Minimal Impact Design Standards Calculator was developed for designers, engineers, planners, contractors, stormwater managers, landscape architects


Ideas for Managing Stormwater - Local Examples

Lake Superior Streams is an award winning online resource featuring local examples of ideas to reduce stormwater runoff on your property.

Link to toolkit

Low Impact Development Atlas is an interactive map illustrating innovative stormwater practices throughout the Northland.

Link to atlas

Related Resources  


Saint Louis County Building, Land Use, and Environmental Videos

Short videos of building, land use, and environmental topics that can help the building process

How to Prepare a Site Plan, Intro to Storm Water Management, Determining the Ordinary High Water Level, Preserving and Establishing Shoreland Vegetation, Land Alteration Standards, How to Identify a Bluff, About the Shore Impact Zone, How to Calculate Slope, Introduction to Temporary Erosion Control, Building a Rain Garden, Weland Sequencing, Wetland Identification, About Sub-Surface Treatment Systems (Septics), and Basics of Septic System Maintenance

Link to videos


BWSR Septic System Improvement Estimator

This Estimator is a simple Excel spreadsheet based tool for estimating the improvements made when septic systems are replaced.
Septic system improvement estimator (.xls)
Users guide (.doc)


This project was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.



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