Metro Stormwater Geodata Project

The MetroGIS collaborative is working with a broad group of interested public and private stakeholders toward the development of a stormwater transfer 
standard and eventually a means to federate a regional stormwater system dataset to meet a range of known business needs.

Current MSGP Documents

Below are current documents relevant to the MSGP effort.

Project Charter and Two-Page Summary

Stakeholder Input 

Steering Team Minutes and Presentations


MSGP Contacts 

Context and Background

Work on the Metro Stormwater Geodata Project (MSGP)  commenced in earnest in Spring 2018, with presentations and stakeholder input sessions on April 17 (in Medina) and June 12 (in St. Paul) and the formation of a Steering Team convening for the first time on June 26, 2018 in Minneapolis.

The MSGP project aims to:

  • Engage both the data producer and data consumer communities to discover what business needs they have for an inter-jurisdictional stormwater dataset and accompanying data standard;
  • Collaboratively work toward developing a data transfer standard and developing work flows, agreements and understandings between participating partners;
  • Document and address policy issues surrounding data availability and protection of assets;
  • To identify and capitalize on both existing formal and informal relationships in place among the partners in working toward federating the data together;

Building upon prior work

The MSGP builds upon a significant body of prior work. In 2010, a Draft Digital Stormwater Data Exchange Transfer Standard was developed, as well as a pilot project focused on gathering and assessing data in the Battle Creek Sub-Watershed of the Ramsey-Washington-Metro Watershed District.

Documents on the original Draft Stormwater Standard can be found here.

An Excel spreadsheet version of the 2010 Draft Stormwater Standard can be found here: Excel Version of Draft Stormwater Standard


If you have questions about, or interest in this project, please contact:

Geoff Maas, GISP
MetroGIS Coordinator

Related Documents & Resources

2010 Draft Digital Stormwater System Data Exchange Transfer Standard

2010 Standard for Digital Stormwater System Data Exchange Pilot Project (Mack/Onorati Study)

Updating the National Hydrographic Data for the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area with Local Subsurface Drainage Information (Kloiber/Hinz Study)