October 1, 2018
Early on an unseasonably hot September morning, Master Water Stewards from south Minneapolis were hard at work, weeding a massive rain garden that runs alongside Highway 55. While the steamy weather might’ve suggested otherwise, these seasoned Minnesotans realize that winter is on its way. Before the snow falls, there’s work to be done prepping rain gardens for winter.
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September 6, 2018
A 20-foot-wide buffer of pollinator-friendly plants greets visitors to Roots Return Heritage Farm and separates it from the highway’s rolling hills. This swath of milkweed, goldenrod, wild aster, and countless other prairie plants buzzes with bees, beetles, moths, and monarchs. It’s just one indicator of the environmentally-friendly approach behind this small-scale farm.
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June 19, 2018
On a sunny day in June, National Park Service rangers Rick Damstra and Sam House drop anchor close to Nevers Dam on the Saint Croix River. They scoop long tubes and jugs of river water to collect samples for the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Service, one of many efforts along the historic riverway that keep the Saint Croix remarkably clean.
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May 16, 2018
Rick Groger and Don Yager are a retired couple that has been together for 40 years, and for the last decade their daily routine has included battling litter in their neighborhood. While you’re biking along the Hiawatha trail or enjoying Minneapolis’ riverside parks, you might bump into these two kindly gentlemen armed with a trash picker and plastic bags.
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May 9, 2018
Students at Maplewood Middle School turned part of their school’s lawn into a blossoming rain garden. Now, every time a shower passes, students can observe three rain gardens on the grounds doing their job, capturing runoff. “When it rains, it fills with water. It’s very obvious the water is staying there versus running into the parking lot and down the street,” said eighth grade teacher Julie Cazett.
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April 10, 2018
Minneapolis-area congregations work together to make clean water a tenet of safe and healthy communities.
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March 26, 2018
Along a unique stretch of East 50th Street in Minneapolis, the Adirondack chairs, pink flamingos and screened porches nestled into the mid-winter snow hold promise of impending spring. Beneath the blanket of snow lie a series of dormant boulevard pollinator gardens dubbed the Monarch Mile, waiting to emerge for their first full growing season. As the community project literally blossoms this spring, the beauty and life above the ground will serve as a poignant reminder of the unseen water quality effect of the native pollinator plant roots below the soil.
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January 29, 2018
By mid-winter in Minnesota, roadways, sidewalks, and cars all sport a veneer of road salt. From home-owners to professional salt applicators, cautious Minnesotans don’t just use the recommended 1-3 cups of sodium chloride per 1,000 feet of pavement to get rid of ice, they over-salt. On parking lots and sidewalks, piles of de-icing salt collect from excess application.
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December 28, 2017
​For practically-minded farmer Wayne Kieffer and farmer sons Kevin and Tim, water and soil conservation are essential to the sustainability of their fifth-generation operation — the Kieffer Dairy Farm — on the “variable soil” of the country near Hastings, Minn.
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December 14, 2017
Maybe you’d like to give a gift with lasting value—one that can help feed future generations and keep water clean. The kind of gift your great-great-grandchildren would feel generations later. But who could ever pull off such a life-changing gift? Answer: The Harrison Neighborhood Association in North Minneapolis along with Metro Blooms, Bassett Creek Watershed Management Commission, the Metropolitan Council and many other partners. Last summer their “Blooming Boulevards” project turned the little strips of earth between the sidewalks and streets into pollinator-friendly landscaping designed to prevent water pollution.
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