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Sealcoating to begin:

Sealcoating is part of the maintenance program for municipal streets in the City intended to provide an improved driving surface and extend the life of the existing pavement.  Areas being sealcoated include 3rd Ave NE, Mott Ave, 5th Ave SE, 1st St SE, Willow Street (from Division to 10th St), Garfield Pl, Reed Ave, Rice St, River Trail Ln, Ravine St (from 3rd to St. Paul Ave), 2nd St NE, State Ave, 9th Ave SE, 10th Ave SE, 2nd St SE, Barron Rd, 11th St SE.

Below are a series of questions and answers that will address the main components of this street maintenance activity. 

  1. What is street sealcoating?   Sealcoating is a maintenance activity designed to lengthen the life of the driving surface of the street by applying a thin coat of oil and crushed rock.
  1. When will the Street Department be sealcoating our street?  The sealcoating of city streets is scheduled to take place July 26 – August 4, 2017.  Because the sealcoating process is weather sensitive, we cannot give you an exact date for your street.
  1. How will we know when the sealcoating is to take place?  City street crews will post “No Parking” signs on your street the night before the sealcoating is planned to take place.
  1. How long before the loose crushed rock is removed after the sealcoating process?   Loose rock will be swept the day following the sealcoating process.  In the event sealcoating is done on Friday, the street would be swept the following Monday.   

Please use caution and adhere to signage when traveling through the subject locations.

Rice SWCD in Partnership with City of Faribault Awarded Clean Water Funds for Spring Park Subwatershed Analysis

Rice SWCD in partnership with the City of Faribault has been awarded Clean Water Legacy grant funds from the State of Minnesota. These grant funds will be utilized for a project known as the Spring Park Subwatershed Analysis.


The Spring Park watershed is over 225 acres. Most of the watershed is fully developed into a variety of residential, commercial, and institutional land uses. Project funds will be utilized to conduct a watershed analysis with the goal of identifying pollutant load sources and potential areas for structural stormwater BMPs for future retro-fit projects to reduce instances of localized flooding, reduce peak storm flows, and improve the ecological health and quality of stormwater runoff discharging into Crocker’s Creek.


By being a recipient of these highly competitive Clean Water grant funds, Rice SWCD and the City of Faribault in partnership will be able to incorporate the assessment of this subwatershed into future strategic long range planning efforts, allowing decision makers the ability to make informed decisions that help protect resources of high value, and work to make meaningful improvements in water quality.


For additional information on specifics of the Spring Park Subwatershed Project, please feel free to contact Melissa King with the City of Faribault at or (507) 333-0369; or for additional information on Clean Water Grant projects, please feel free to contact Steven Pahs at or (507) 332-5408.

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Public Works Director, Travis Block, recently completed a project with the EPA utilizing the Climate Resilience Evaluation & Awareness Tool (CREAT).  CREAT is a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks to individual utilities. Check out the video on the link below.