Apply for a cost share grant from the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District by May 31.
As property owners make plans for their gardens and landscaping this spring, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is offering a helping hand. The MCWD Cost Share program is offering grants to those who want to help protect clean water by installing raingardens, shoreline or streambank plantings, pervious concrete driveways or other stormwater best management practices (BMPs). Grants are available to any public or private property located within the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, including residential homes, apartments, businesses, schools or cities. The deadline for most residential projects is May 31. Polluted stormwater runoff is the biggest threat to water quality across the state and nation. In a natural environment, …
Raingardens absorb harmful material including oil, debris and algae-causing nutrients from the water and beautify the landscape.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
In an effort to improve water quality in Langdon and Saunders Lake, the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has installed four curb-cut raingardens in the South Saunders neighborhood of Minnetrista. Raingardens are landscaping features that use native perennial plants to filter polluted rainwater that would otherwise end up in a storm drain, and travel untreated into a nearby lake or stream. They’re planted in a shallow depression that collects and holds rainwater after a storm. Curb-cut raingardens are especially effective, because they are designed to catch water running down the street before it reaches the storm drain. Raingardens absorb harmful material including oil, debris and algae-causing nutrients from the water and beautify …