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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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December 1, 2017
Where once rainwater pooled on a patio, now a series of gardens flourish at the T. Rex Coffee and Cookie Café on University Ave. in St. Paul. A 1,150-gallon cistern — a giant green rainbarrel — sits outside the airy “Art and Architecture” building, redirecting the water flow and snowmelt off the roof to vertical and horizontal gardens. All this is the brainchild of two ambitious friends who met during a water stewardship class at their watershed district.
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November 30, 2017
BCWMC partnered with Metro Blooms, the Metropolitan Council, and the Harrison Neighborhood Association. The project gave local youth summer jobs and Hennepin County Green Partners trained the youth workers. Other local contractors that worked on the project included the Northside Economic Opportunity Network, Wilderness Inquiry, Minneapolis STEP-UP, and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota. Nearby Utepils Brewing organized planting drives through its volunteering club.
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October 18, 2017
Poet. Biologist. Organizer. Advocate. Water quality steward. Blogger. Beginner. Meet Cole Williams, Mississippi River neighbor and fan.
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September 13, 2017
Organic lawn care does more than resuscitate yards; it also brings business partners together. What started as a client/business relationship, grew into a joint Twin Cities-based enterprise. Read more...
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August 22, 2017
Poet/activist Michael Chaney may best be known for the greening of North Minneapolis through Project Sweetie Pie, the urban agriculture and advocacy nonprofit he founded and runs. But his vision goes far beyond gardening.
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