Plans being developed for better storm water management at Miller Hill Mall

By KBJR News 1

February 5, 2014 Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 7:54 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The Miller Hill Mall in Duluth could soon see some big changes to its parking lot.
Plans are underway for better storm water management.

The new plan is being sought to protect cold-water brook trout that inhabit Miller Creek.
The South St. Louis Soil and Water Conservation District received a grant for the project.

The grant totaling 186-thousand dollars will be used to develop a comprehensive plan for managing and treating the storm water runoff.
The mall has nearly 66 acres of impervious surfaces and contributes to the overheating of Miller Creek in the summer which is not good for the brook trout.
Barr Engineering will be assisting with the project.

"We're going to be doing surveying up there and then BARR is going to put together a plan with specific best management practices and cost estimates for various projects that can be done up there to treat the stormwater." Said Conservation Specialist, Kate Kubiak.

The plan will involve planting more trees and rerouting of water to rain gardens to slow the movement of the water to the creek.
Officials expect it won't have an impact on the current parking situation.

The grant is a two year project and officials hope the plans will be completed in 20 months.

Once the plan is complete, it will need to be approved by Miller Hill Mall officials to begin construction of the new features, so brook trout, keep your fingers crossed... or your fins.